The Logic of Scientific Discovery - Part II: Chapter 9, Some Observations on Quantum Theory Summary & Analysis

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Part II: Chapter 9, Some Observations on Quantum Theory Summary and Analysis

In this chapter, Popper tests his probability theory on some basic questions in quantum physics. Popper cites quantum physics as one of the premier scientific achievements so doing this is a true test of his own theories. Taking on Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, he seeks to show how it contains probability statements that must be interpreted statistically to be useful. He also suggests that some of Heisenberg's assumptions actually contradict quantum principles if they are statistically interpreted. In this exercise, he uses no mathematical arguments and only a single mathematical theorem.

Heisenberg's attempt to eliminate unobservable events to answer criticisms of Bohr's work with the electron is compared to Einstein's issues of hiding unobservable events. At the atomic level, the energy exchange between an object and the measuring...

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