Foundations of Physics

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 95–110 | Cite as

Complementarity, context dependence, and quantum logic

  • Patrick A. Heelan


Quantum-mechanical event descriptions are context-dependent descriptions. The role of quantum (nondistributive) logic is in the partial ordering of contexts rather than in the ordering of quantum-mechanical events. Moreover, the kind of quantum logic displayed by quantum mechanics can be easily inferred from the general notion of contextuality used in ordinary language. The formalizable core of Bohr's notion of complementarity is the type of context dependence discussed in this paper.


Quantum Mechanic General Notion Quantum Logic Ordinary Language Context Dependence 
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  • Patrick A. Heelan
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  1. 1.Fordham UniversityNew York

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