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Introduction Holism has often been taken as the thesis that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Several different interpretations of this epigram prove relevant to physics, as we shall see.
Here is a correspondingly vague initial statement of nonseparability: The state of the whole is not constituted by states of its parts.
It is already apparent both that holism and nonseparability are related notions and that their exact relation needs to be clarified. In one interpretation, holism is a methodological thesis Section 2to the effect that the best way to study the behavior of a complex system is to treat it as a whole, and not merely to analyze the structure and behavior of its component parts.
Alternatively, holism may be taken as a metaphysical thesis Section 3: There are some wholes whose natures are simply not determined by the nature of their parts. Methodological holism stands opposed to methodological reductionism, in physics as well as in other sciences.
But it is a certain variety of metaphysical holism that is more closely related to nonseparability. What is at issue here is the extent to which the properties of the whole are determined by the properties of its parts: In turn, nonseparability can be analyzed either as state nonseparability Section 5or as spatiotemporal nonseparability Section 6.
By and large, a system in classical physics can be analyzed into parts, whose states and properties determine those of the whole they compose Section 7. But the state of a system in quantum theory resists such analysis. The quantum state of a system specifies its chances of exhibiting various properties on measurement.
In ordinary quantum mechanics, the most complete such specification is given by what is called a pure state. Even when a compound system has a pure state, some of its subsystems may not have their own pure states.
Superficially, such entanglement of states already demonstrates nonseparability. At a deeper level, it has been maintained that the puzzling statistics that arise from measurements on entangled quantum systems either demonstrate, or are explicable in terms of, holism or nonseparability rather than any problematic action at a distance Sections 89.
The Aharonov-Bohm effect Section 10 also appears to exhibit action at a distance, as the behavior of electrons is modified by a magnetic field they never experience. But this effect may be understood instead as a result of the local action of nonseparable electromagnetism.
Puzzling correlations arise between distant simultaneous measurements even in the vacuum, according to quantum field theory Section A form of quantum theory used to study them represents systems by algebras of operators with new kinds of states defined on them, thereby making room for failures of state and system separability with no analogs in ordinary quantum mechanics.
String theory Section 13 is an ambitious research program in the framework of quantum field theory. According to string theory, all fundamental particles can be considered to be excitations of underlying non-pointlike entities in a multi-dimensional space.
Methodological Holism Methodologically, holism stands opposed to reductionism, somewhat as follows. An understanding of a certain kind of complex system is best sought at the level of principles governing the behavior of the whole system, and not at the level of the structure and behavior of its component parts.
An understanding of a complex system is best sought at the level of the structure and behavior of its component parts. This seems to capture much of what is at stake in debates about holism in social and biological science.
In social science, societies are the complex systems, composed of individuals; while in biology, the complex systems are organisms, composed of cells, and ultimately of proteins, DNA and other molecules. A methodological individualist maintains that the right way to approach the study of a society is to investigate the behavior of the individual people that compose it.
A methodological holist, on the other hand, believes that such an investigation will fail to shed much light on the nature and development of society as a whole. There is a corresponding debate within physics.Quantum Mechanics Professor Allan Adams Massachusetts Institute of Technology February 5.
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This plays an essential role in several physical phenomena, such as the nuclear fusion that occurs in main sequence stars like the Sun.
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