Opening Remarks

  • Arthur I. Miller
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 226)


In these brief opening remarks I should like to convey my principal reason for convening this meeting. We read often that in 1927 the formalism and interpretation of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics was firmly settled and etched in stone under the rubric Copenhagen Interpretation. Most physicists relegate the ensuing Bohr-Einstein debates to heroic tales about the distant past of our culture. Yet sixty-two years after publication of Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle paper there is a not so small group of scholars who rightly consider that certain fundamental issues of quantum mechanics remain unsettled.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur I. Miller
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of LowellLowellUSA

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