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Title: Quantum dissidents: Research on the foundations of quantum theory circa 1970
Other Titles: Studies In History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies In History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Authors: Freire Junior, Olival
Keywords: History of quantum mechanics;Quantum dissidents;Scientific controversies;Zeh;Bell;Wigner
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: his paper makes a collective biographical profile of a sample of physicists who were protagonists in the research on the foundations of quantum physics circa 1970. We study the cases of Zeh, Bell, Clauser, Shimony, Wigner, Rosenfeld, d’Espagnat, Selleri, and DeWitt, analyzing their training and early career, achievements, qualms with quantum mechanics, motivations for such research, professional obstacles, attitude towards the Copenhagen interpretation, and success and failures. Except for Rosenfeld, they were all dissidents, fighting against the dominant attitude among physicists at the time according to which foundational issues had already been solved by the founding fathers of the discipline. Theirs is a story of success as the foundations of quantum mechanics finally entered the physics mainstream despite the fact that their expectations of breaking down quantum mechanics were not fulfilled.
Description: Trabalho completo: acesso restrito, p. 280–289
URI: http://www.repositorio.ufba.br/ri/handle/ri/6177
ISSN: 1355-2198
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