The Bohr and Einstein Debate: Copenhagen Interpretation Challenged

11 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2018

Date Written: July 28, 2018


The Bohr Einstein debate on the meaning of quantum physics involved Einstein inventing a series of thought experiments to challenge the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics. Einstein disliked many aspects of the Copenhagen Interpretation especially its idea of an observer dependent universe. Bohr was able to answer all Einstein’s objections to the Copenhagen Interpretation and so is usually considered as winning the debate. However the debate has continued into the present time as many scientists have been unable to accept the idea of an observer dependent universe and many alternatives to the Copenhagen Interpretation have been proposed. However none of the alternatives has won general acceptance because all have problems that make them implausible or impossible.

Keywords: Quantum Physics, Quantum Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, EPR Experiment, Double Slit Experiment, Observer Dependent Universe, Copenhagen Interpretation, Uncertainty Principle, Complementarity, Quantum Measurement Problem, Collapse of the Wave Function, Bohr Einstein Debate

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Forrester, Rochelle, The Bohr and Einstein Debate: Copenhagen Interpretation Challenged (July 28, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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