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Communicating the Heisenberg uncertainty relations: Niels Bohr, Complementarity and the Einstein-Rupp experiments

van Dongen, Jeroen (2015) Communicating the Heisenberg uncertainty relations: Niels Bohr, Complementarity and the Einstein-Rupp experiments. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The Einstein-Rupp experiments have been unduly neglected in the history of quantum mechanics. While this is to be explained by the fact that Emil Rupp was later exposed as a fraud and had fabricated the results, it is not justified, due to the importance attached to the experiments at the time. This paper discusses Rupp's fraud, the relation between Albert Einstein and Rupp, and the Einstein-Rupp experiments, and argues that these experiments were an influence on Niels Bohr's development of complementarity and Werner Heisenberg's formulation of the uncertainty relations.


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van Dongen, Jeroenj.a.e.f.vandongen@uva.nl
Additional Information: Scientia Danica. Series M, Mathematica et physica, vol. 1: One Hundred Years of the Bohr Atom, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Proceedings, F. Aaserud and H. Kragh (eds.), 2015, pp. 310-343.
Keywords: Albert Einstein; Emil Rupp; Niels Bohr; Einstein-Rupp experiments; complementarity; uncertainty relations; epistemic virtues; scientific fraud.
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Mr. Jeroen van Dongen
Date Deposited: 30 May 2015 13:02
Last Modified: 30 May 2015 13:02
Item ID: 11488
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 29 May 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11488

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