Quantum theory and determinism

Lev Vaidman*

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Historically, appearance of the quantum theory led to a prevailing view that Nature is indeterministic. The arguments for the indeterminism and proposals for indeterministic and deterministic approaches are reviewed. These include collapse theories, Bohmian Mechanics and the many-worlds interpretation. It is argued that ontic interpretations of the quantum wave function provide simpler and clearer physical explanation and that the many-worlds interpretation is the most attractive since it provides a deterministic and local theory for our physical Universe explaining the illusion of randomness and nonlocality in the world we experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-38
Number of pages34
JournalQuantum Studies: Mathematics and Foundations
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2014


  • Bohmian mechanics
  • Collapse theories
  • Many-worlds interpretation
  • Wave function ontology


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