Who Invented the “Copenhagen Interpretation”? A Study in Mythology

  title={Who Invented the “Copenhagen Interpretation”? A Study in Mythology},
  author={Don A. Howard},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={669 - 682}
  • D. Howard
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Physics
  • Philosophy of Science
What is commonly known as the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, regarded as representing a unitary Copenhagen point of view, differs significantly from Bohr’s complementarity interpretation, which does not employ wave packet collapse in its account of measurement and does not accord the subjective observer any privileged role in measurement. It is argued that the Copenhagen interpretation is an invention of the mid‐1950s, for which Heisenberg is chiefly responsible, various other… 

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