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New study highlights importance of context to physical theories

February 26, 2021

New study highlights importance of context to physical theories

In doing so, we consider the framework of general probabilistic theories, a unified tool that comes very handy for constructing generic physical theories.” ” In his study Contextuality of General Probabilistic Theories Dr Shahandeh examines what structural property of a theory like quantum mechanics makes it prone to contextuality. He said: “In this work we determine the geometrical characteristics that give rise to either noncontextuality or contextuality of a physical theory. ” Physicist Dr Farid Shahandeh said: “Imagine a physical theory whose explanation for the trajectory of an apple falling from a tree differs for Gala and Pink Lady. He added: “The techniques and results obtained in this work can be extended and applied to quantum information processing tasks that aim for non-classical advantages.” But, we know that if we try to interpret quantum mechanics in classical terms, it becomes contextual, and consequently counterintuitive. A Swansea University scientist’s research into the geometrical characteristics of a physical theories is highlighted in a new paper.

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