Foundations of Physics

, Volume 17, Issue 12, pp 1205–1220 | Cite as

Schrödinger and the interpretation of quantum mechanics

  • Fritz Rohrlich
Part II. Invited Papers Commemorating The Centenary Of The Birth Of Erwin Schrödinger


On the occasion of the centennial of his birth, Schrödinger's life and views are sketched and his critique of the interpretation of quantum mechanics accepted at his time is examined. His own interpretation, which he had to abandon after a short time, provides a prime example of the way in which the tentative meaning of central theoretical terms in a new and revolutionary theory often fails. Schrödinger's strong philosophical convictions have played a key role in his refusal to break with many of the notions of classical physics. At the same time, they made him into a keen and incisive critic of the Copenhagen interpretation. His criticism is compared with present views on quantum mechanics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fritz Rohrlich
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsSyracuse UniversitySyracuse

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