Saturday, May 10, 2008

Physics and Philosophy - Thoughts on the Implications of Quantum Mechanics, and Other Matters #10viii

viii. The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics states that every particle is described by its wave function, which contains information for determining the probability for it to be found in any location following a measurement. Each measurement causes the wave function to collapse. Other interpretations have also been developed, such as Bohm’s Interpretation,[12] which involves hidden variable to describe quantum behavior. All interpretations must agree with observations to be considered valid. The Copenhagen Interpretation works well enough.

[12] See David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order (1981) for further reading.

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