For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation
and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless.
The Copenhagen interpretation
, which has been the most accepted among scientists, understands that there is a limit in our knowledge of reality, and it is not possible to define all the properties of the system, because when the observer makes an experiment there is a collapse in the wave function that alters it and "forces" the electron to manifest at one located point.
According to the orthodox (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qm-copenhagen/) Copenhagen Interpretation
, consciousness and the physical world are complementary aspects of the same reality.
Among the topics are transcendental versus quantitative meanings of his complementarity principle, his relational holism and the classical-quantum interaction, complementarity and quantum tunneling, individuality and correspondence: an exploration of the history and possible future of Bohrian quantum empiricism, Bohr and the formalism of quantum mechanics, and why QBism is not the Copenhagen interpretation
and what John Bell might have thought of it.
Complementarity is at the foundation of the Copenhagen Interpretation
and the von Neumann Orthodox QM interpretation but goes beyond these quantum frameworks, as complementary relations are ubiquitous.
The earliest and most widely accepted school of interpretation of quantum mechanics is known as the Copenhagen interpretation
, which focuses on the role of the observer or on the act of measurement.
Most of the rest of the chapters are concerned with introducing quantum mechanics, the Copenhagen interpretation
, and the experiments and other challenges that cause a rift between causality and explanation.
The quantum physicist used the thought experiment, known as Schrodinger's cat, to illustrate the problems surrounding the application of the 'Copenhagen interpretation
' of quantum mechanics to everyday objects.
An astrophysicist himself, he admits he shares Schrodinger's skepticism about the so-called Copenhagen interpretation
of quantum mechanics, the theory that would hold the cat was both alive and dead until observed because an electron has both wave and particle properties until measured.
A substantive Wolfean reference in The Copenhagen Interpretation
occurs later, during an important and revealing scene that involves most of the novel's main characters.
This cat paradox argument was used by Schrodinger to ridicule the Copenhagen interpretation
of quantum theory.
There are two basic interpretations: the Copenhagen interpretation
, developed by Bohr and his colleagues; and Einstein's interpretation.