Niels Bohr and Complementarity

An Introduction

  • Arkady Plotnitsky

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

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This book offers a discussion of Niels Bohr’s conception of “complementarity,” arguably his greatest contribution to physics and philosophy. By tracing Bohr’s work from his 1913 atomic theory to the introduction and then refinement of the idea of complementarity, and by explicating different meanings of “complementarity” in Bohr and the relationships between it and Bohr’s other concepts, the book aims to offer a contained and accessible, and yet sufficiently comprehensive account of Bohr’s work on complementarity and its significance.


Bohr and Einstein complementarity explained complementarity philosophy complementarity physics philosophy and physics quantum theory

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  • Arkady Plotnitsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Theory and Cultural Studies ProgramPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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