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Heisenberg (and Schroedinger, and Pauli) on Hidden Variables

Bacciagaluppi, Guido and Crull, Elise (2009) Heisenberg (and Schroedinger, and Pauli) on Hidden Variables. [Preprint]

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    In this paper, we discuss various aspects of Heisenberg’s thought on hidden variables in the period 1927–1935. We also compare Heisenberg’s approach to others current at the time, specifically that embodied by von Neumann’s impossibility proof, but also views expressed mainly in correspondence by Pauli and by Schroedinger. We shall base ourselves mostly on published and unpublished materials that are known but little-studied, among others Heisenberg’s own draft response to the EPR paper. Our aim will be not only to clarify Heisenberg’s thought on the hidden-variables question, but in part also to clarify how this question was understood more generally at the time.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Paper originally given at the History of Quantum Physics 2 conference (Utrecht, July 2008). Forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
    Keywords: Heisenberg, hidden variables
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Guido Bacciagaluppi
    Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4759
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4759

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