The Debate between Einstein and Bohr, or How to Interpret Quantum Mechanics

From Classical to Quantum Mechanics
  • Pierre Marage
  • Grégoire Wallenborn
Part of the Science Networks · Historical Studies book series (SNHS, volume 22)


The famous debate between Einstein and Bohr began at the Solvay Council in 1927. The debate was about the interpretation of quantum mechanics, but also addressed the fundamental question of what the purpose and aim of a physical theory should be. Their conflicting positions were based on two diametrically opposed philosophical approaches to the fundamental problems of physics. The many books popularising quantum mechanics quite rightly place the emphasis on the problem of interpretation: they discuss the opposing positions of Einstein’s “realism” and the “Copenhagen interpretation” of which Bohr is seen as the leading protagonist.


Quantum Mechanic Quantum Theory Uncertainty Principle Modern Physic Copenhagen Interpretation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Marage
    • 1
  • Grégoire Wallenborn
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculté des Sciences — CP 230Université Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Institut de Philosophie — CP 175Université Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium

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