Journal article

Bohr, Heisenberg and the divergent views of complementarity

Kristian Camilleri

STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN PHYSICS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

The fractious discussions between Bohr and Heisenberg in Copenhagen in 1927 have been the subject of much historical scholarship. However, little attention has been given to Heisenberg's understanding of the notion of complementary space-time and causal descriptions, which was presented for the first time in Bohr's lecture at the 1927 Como conference. In this paper, I argue that Heisenberg's own interpretation of this notion differed substantially from Bohr's. Whereas Bohr had intended this form of complementarity to entail a choice between a space-time description of the electron in an atom, and defining the energy of a stationary state, Heisenberg interpreted the 'causal' description in te..

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