Heisenberg’s Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
Edited by Babette Babich
A contribution to continental philosophy of science, the phenomenological and hermeneutic resources applied in this book to the physical and ontological paradoxes of quantum physics, especially in connection with laboratory science and measurement, theory and model making, will enrich students of the history of science as well as those interested in different approaches to the historiography of science. University courses in the philosophy of physics will find this book indispensable as a resource and invaluable for courses in the history of science.
Chapter Ten: “Observation”
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However, in the Chicago lectures, there are several disconcerting ambiguities in Heisenberg’s use of terms related to “observation” (such as “observable,” “observability,” and so on). He attributes one sense to Bohr which I have called “B-observability,” and he uses a different sense when he is expressing his own views, which I have called “E-observability.” Bohr himself commented on the ambiguous meaning of the term “observable” in his Como lecture:
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