Article ID: CBB000501568

Time in Quantum Mechanics: A Story of Confusion (2005)


Time and space play fundamentally different roles in quantum mechanics; this seems to be the received view on time in quantum mechanics. I have argued that the difference is an apparent one and that time and space need not and should not be given essentially different quantum mechanical treatments. In this article I trace the genesis of the problem in the work of six of the founding fathers of modern quantum theory: Dirac, Heisenberg, Bohr, Schrdinger, von Neumann and Pauli, covering the period 1925--1933. Little coherence between the views of these authors has been found but, from the beginning, the mixing of notions from classical and quantum mechanics on the one hand, and from relativity theory on the other, has been an important source of confusion.

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Authors & Contributors
Camilleri, Kristian
Meyenn, Karl von
David C. Clary
Burwell, Jennifer
Stuewer, Roger H.
Ronveaux, André
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Physics in Perspective
Perspectives on Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Journal of Modern Literature
Springer International Publishing
Drew University
Yale University Press
MIT Press
Quantum mechanics
Philosophy of science
Theoretical physics
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Heisenberg, Werner
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Schrödinger, Erwin
Einstein, Albert
Pauli, Wolfgang Ernst
Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
Munich (Germany)
Paris (France)
Munich. Universität
Royal Society of London

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