Who invented the Copenhagen Interpretation? A study in Mythology
Green College Coach House - December 10, 2003
Don Howard

Don Howard

Dept. of Philosophy, Notre Dame University

What is commonly known as the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics, regarded as representing a unified Copenhagen point of view, differs considerably from Bohr's original 'complementarity' interpretation, which does not employ wave-function collapse in its account of measurement, and does not accord the subjective observer any privileged role in measurement. I argue that the Copenhagen interpretation is an invention of the mid-1950's, for which Heisenberg is chiefly responsible- various other physicists and philosophers including Bohm, Feyerabend, Hanson, and Popper having further promoted the invention in service of their own philosophical agendas.

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