Bohr & the Copenhagen Interpretation
Do you suffer from uncontrollable urges to picture an underlying reality?
Bohr was an imposing figure in the physics community in his day, casting a long shadow and a strong influence over the accepted interpretation of quantum mechanics. The Bohrian school of thought was collectively known as the Copenhagen Interpretation. His view was that quantum mechanics is a complete theory that should be thought of as a system for predicting phenomena, rather than a window into a level of reality that requires further explanation. Totally Random's Bohr is a psychoanalyst who leads bizarre group therapy sessions for those troubled by the implications of entanglement. His strict methods require that his patients, who include Einstein, Schrödinger, Everett, and Bohm, suppress the desire to describe an underlying reality that could account for the quoins' correlated landings. Unfortunately for Bohr, the pull to provide a causal explanation for correlations is strong and the session devolves into something of a brawl.
More on Bohr & the Copenhagen Interpretation
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Watch Bohr, Einstein, and other physics luminaries at the 1927 Solvay conference in Brussels before and after a session about how to understand the new theory of quantum mechanics: