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### On foundations of quantum physics

Some aspects of the interpretation of quantum theory are discussed. It is
emphasized that quantum theory is formulated in the Cartesian coordinate
system; in other coordinates the result obtained with the help of the
Hamiltonian formalism and commutator relations between 'canonically conjugated'
coordinate and momentum operators leads to a wrong version of quantum
mechanics. The origin of time is analyzed in detail by the example of atomic
collision theory. It is shown that for a closed system like the three-body (two
nuclei + electron) time-dependent Schroedinger equation has no physical meaning
since in the high impact energy limit it transforms into an equation with two
independent time-like variables; the time appears in the stationary
Schroedinger equation as a result of extraction of a classical subsystem (two
nuclei) from a closed three-body system. Following the Einstein-Rozen-Podolsky
experiment and Bell's inequality the wave function is interpreted as an actual
field of information in the elementary form. The relation between physics and
mathematics is also discussed.Comment: This article is extended version of paper: Solov'ev, E.A.:
Phys.At.Nuc. v. 72, 853 (2009

### Quantum-Matter-Spacetime : Peter Mittelstaedt's Contributions to Physics and Its Foundations

In a period of over 50 years, Peter Mittelstaedt has made substantial and lasting contributions to several fields in theoretical physics as well as the foundations and philosophy of physics. Here we present an overview of his achievements in physics and its foundations which may serve as a guide to the bibliography (printed in this Festschrift) of his publications. An appraisal of Peter Mittelstaedt's work in the philosophy of physics is given in a separate contribution by B. Falkenburg

### The unexpected resurgence of Weyl geometry in late 20-th century physics

Weyl's original scale geometry of 1918 ("purely infinitesimal geometry") was
withdrawn by its author from physical theorizing in the early 1920s. It had a
comeback in the last third of the 20th century in different contexts: scalar
tensor theories of gravity, foundations of gravity, foundations of quantum
mechanics, elementary particle physics, and cosmology. It seems that Weyl
geometry continues to offer an open research potential for the foundations of
physics even after the turn to the new millennium.Comment: Completely rewritten conference paper 'Beyond Einstein', Mainz Sep
2008. Preprint ELHC (Epistemology of the LHC) 2017-02, 92 pages, 1 figur

### Cosmogenesis and Collapse

Some possible benefits of dynamical collapse for a quantum theory of
cosmogenesis are discussed. These are a possible long wait before creation
begins, creation of energy and space, and choice of a particular universe out
of a superposition.Comment: For a festschrift in Foundations of Physics in honor of Daniel
Greenberger and Helmut Rauch in Foundations of Physics. This updates the
previous version by adding an appendix (Appendix B) which contains the exact
solution of a partial differential equation of importance in the pape

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### New Perspectives on the Hole Argument

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