On Weak Values and Feynman's Blind Alley

Dmitri Sokolovski


Feynman famously recommended accepting the basic principles of quantum mechanics without trying to guess the machinery behind the law. One of the corollaries of the Uncertainty Principle is that the knowledge of probability amplitudes does not allow one to make meaningful statements about the past of an unobserved quantum system. A particular type of reasoning, based on weak values, appears to do just that. Has Feynman been proven wrong by the more recent developments? Most likely not.

Quanta 2023; 12: 180–189.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.12743/quanta.v12i1.249

ISSN: 1314-7374