December 6th, 2019

Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

[Revised entry by Jan Faye on December 6, 2019.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
As the theory of the atom, quantum mechanics is perhaps the most successful theory in the history of science. It enables physicists, chemists, and technicians to calculate and predict the outcome of a vast number of experiments and to create new and advanced technology based on the insight into the behavior of atomic objects. But it is also a theory that challenges our imagination. It seems to violate some fundamental principles of classical physics, principles that eventually have become a part of western common sense since the rise...