Reply to Gao's "On Uffink's criticism of protective measurements"

Jos Uffink

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Gao (this issue) presents a critical reconsideration of a paper I wrote (. Uffink, 1999) on the subject of protective measurement. Here, I take the occasion to reply to his objections. In particular, I retract my previous claim to have proven that in a protective measurement, the observable being measured on a system must commute with the system's Hamiltonian. However, I do maintain the viability of the interpretation I offered for protective measurements, as well as my analysis of a thought experiment proposed by Aharonov, Anandan and Vaidman against Gao's objections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-523
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013


  • Interpretation of quantum mechanics
  • Protective measurements
  • Quantum measurement


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