Book Reviews: Quantum Mechanics. Historical Contingency and the Copenhagen Hegemony.

  title={Book Reviews: Quantum Mechanics. Historical Contingency and the Copenhagen Hegemony.},
  author={James T. Cushing},
  • J. Cushing
  • Published 1994
  • Physics, Philosophy
  • Science
Why does one theory "succeed" while another, possibly clearer interpretation, fails? By exploring two observationally equivalent, yet conceptually incompatible, views of quantum mechanics, James T. Cushing shows how historical contingency can be crucial to determining a theory's construction and its position among competing views. Since the late 1920s, the theory formulated by Niels Bohr and his colleagues at Copenhagen has been the dominant interpretation of quantum mechanics. Yet an… Expand
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