Dennis Dieks

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Dennis Geert Bernardus Johan Dieks (born 1 June 1949, in Amsterdam) is a Dutch physicist and philosopher of physics.


In 1982 he proved the no-cloning theorem[1] (independently discovered in the same year by William Wootters and Wojciech H. Zurek). In 1989 he proposed a new interpretation of quantum mechanics,[2] later known as a version of the modal interpretation of quantum mechanics.[3] He also worked on the philosophy of space and time, the logic of probabilistic reasoning, and the theory of explanation. Dieks is a professor at Utrecht University and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008.[4] He is co-editor of the journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, an editor of the journal Foundations of Physics (Editor-in-chief C. Rovelli) and co-editor of the book series European Studies in Philosophy of Science (Springer).

Dieks was also an able chess player, reaching a maximum Elo rating of 2290 in 1974[5] and even beating Jan Timman in a game played in 1977.[6]


  1. ^ D. Dieks, "Communication by EPR devices", Physics Letters A 92 (1982) 271–272.
  2. ^ D. Dieks, "Resolution of the Measurement Problem Through Decoherence of the Quantum State", Physics Letters A 142 (1989) 439-444.
  3. ^ Dennis Dieks and Pieter E. Vermaas, eds., The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998.
  4. ^ "Dennis Dieks" (in Dutch). Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Dennis Dieks - Chess Games". Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  6. ^ "The chess games of Dennis Dieks". Retrieved 2019-01-22.

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