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Complementarity and Scientific Rationality

Saunders, Simon (2004) Complementarity and Scientific Rationality. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Bohr's interpretation of quantum mechanics has been criticized as incoherent and opportunistic, and based on doubtful philosophical premises. If so Bohr's influence, in the pre-war period of 1927-1939, is the harder to explain, and the acceptance of his approach to quantum mechanics over de Broglie's had no reasonable foundation. But Bohr's interpretation changed little from the time of its first appearance, and stood independent of any philosophical presuppositions. The principle of complementarity is itself best read as a conjecture of unusually wide scope, on the nature and future course of explanations in the sciences (and not only the physical sciences). If it must be judged a failure today, it is not because of any internal inconsistency


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: To be published in Foundations of Physics
    Keywords: Bohr, Copenhagen, Complementarity, quantum mechanics, de Broglie, pilot-wave, Bohm, Cushing
    Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: simon saunders
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 2010
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2010

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