Bohr, Niels (1885-1962)
He is one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century. He was
the founder of atomic quantum theory and the Copenhagen interpretation of
theory denied the possibility of a unified, observer-independent field. His
own interpretation, the heart of his Copenhagen philosophy, implies that
quantum phenomena can only be described by pairs of complimentary perspectives.
Though it is impossible to apply either perspective to the phenomena
simultaneously, both are required for the exhaustive description of the event.
Bohr desired that his methodology be applied to other spheres of knowledge -
put simply, he believed that new epistemological insights are obtained by
adjoining seemingly incompatible viewpoints. The Copenhagen interpretation was
later developed in the work of the German physicist, Werner Heisenberg. Their
relationship and the related strands of their thought has been dramatised by the
playwright Michael Frayn in his Copenhagen.
by: Richard P Whaite
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