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Heisenberg Undertainty Principle

  1. Apr 22, 2008 #1
    I was reading a book and came upon these lines:
    Based on these lines alone, what would you make of the author's grasp on the principle? If you didn't know what the HUP was, what impression would you get?
     
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  3. Apr 22, 2008 #2

    olgranpappy

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    I'd need more context to say. The blurb you gave states very little. "ultimate randomness" and "randomness to the cosmos" are vague statements. The book states that the principle is a "definite statement", but that doesn't mean that the statements it makes are deterministic...

    Anyways, the difference between classical determinism and quantum can probably be phrased more clearly in terms of wave-functions: Yes, the evolution of the wave-function *is* deterministic, but quantum predicitions are still probabilistic. Sorry, but that's the best anyone can do.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2008 #3

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    p.s. this isn't a homework question, is it?
     
  5. Apr 22, 2008 #4
    That's the entirety of the mention of the principle.

    And no it's not homework lol.
     
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