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Colorimetry as a general model of observation in the resolution of quantum paradoxes
Author(s): Charles Appell
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Paper Abstract

The early 20th century saw the development of the two branches of post-classical physics: quantum mechanics and relativity. After nearly a century quantum mechanics remain paradoxical and incompatible with relativity. The main feature differentiating post-classical physics from classical is the role of the observer. Classical physics describes observer independent phenomena whereas post- classical models require an observer. Observer dependence is the source of quantum paradoxes. Most attempts to resolve these paradoxes have used a highly simplistic model of observation. Interaction and observation were assumed to be functionally equivalent. This presentation will explore the possibility of using a more realistic model of observation. Colorimetry will be used as an archetypal model of observation wherein interaction and observation can be differentiated. Some of the difficulties one would encounter in deriving electromagnetic wave equations from a color space coordinate system are highly analogous to quantum paradoxes. While resolving no paradoxes, this approach may provide a fruitful new perspective on these problems, along with a unique role for colorimetry and colorimetric education in the field of theoretical physics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 2002
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4421, 9th Congress of the International Colour Association, (6 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.464505
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Charles Appell, Eastman Kodak Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4421:
9th Congress of the International Colour Association

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