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Did Bohr Understand EPR?

Bacciagaluppi, Guido (2014) Did Bohr Understand EPR? [Preprint]


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In 1935, Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen (EPR) famously published a paper arguing for the incompleteness of quantum mechanics, using the example of two spatially separated but entangled particles. In his almost equally famous reply, Niels Bohr argued against EPR by providing a careful analysis of quantum measurements from the point of view of complementarity. Perhaps oddly, this analysis focuses on the example of a *single* particle passing through a slit. In this paper I argue that the disanalogy between the two examples is only apparent, and does not constitute an obstacle in trying to understand Bohr's views on complementarity.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: To be published (without the Appendix) in "One Hundred Years of the Bohr Atom", eds. F. Aaserud and H. Kragh, Scientia Danica. Series M, Mathematica et physica, Vol. 1 (Copenhagen: Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters).
Keywords: Niels Bohr; Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen; entanglement; complementarity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Guido Bacciagaluppi
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 19:09
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2014 19:09
Item ID: 11023
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 3 September 2014

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