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Skinner Roger Sperry Henry Stapp Tom Stonier Antoine Suarez Leo Szilard William Thomson (Kelvin) Peter Tse Heinz von Foerster John von Neumann John B. Watson Daniel Wegner Steven Weinberg Paul A. Weiss John Wheeler Wilhelm Wien Norbert Wiener Eugene Wigner E. O. Wilson H. Dieter Zeh Ernst Zermelo Wojciech Zurek Presentations Biosemiotics Free Will Mental Causation James Symposium 
Werner Heisenberg
In 1925 Max Born, Werner Heisenberg, and Pascual Jordan, formulated their matrix mechanics version of quantum mechanics as a superior formulation of Niels Bohr's old quantum theory. The matrix mechanics confirmed discrete states and "quantum jumps" of electrons between the energy levels, with emission or absorption of radiation. But they did not yet accept today's standard textbook view that the radiation is also discrete and in the form of Albert Einstein's light quanta, about to be renamed "photons" by Gilbert Lewis in late 1926.
In early 1926, Erwin Schrödinger developed wave mechanics as an alternative formulation of quantum mechanics. Schrödinger disliked the idea of discontinuous quantum jumps. His wave mechanics was a continuous theory, but it predicted the same energy levels and was otherwise identical to the discrete theory in its predictions. Indeed, Schrödinger proved that matrix mechanics and his wave mechanics were isomorphic theories.
Within months of the new wave mechanics, Max Born showed that while Schrödinger's wave function evolved over time deterministically, it only predicted the positions and velocities of atomic particles probabilistically. Born applied to matter Einstein's view that the waves of radiation could be interpreted as probabilities for finding light quanta, which was described as public knowledge as early as in 1921 by H. A. Lorentz.
Heisenberg used Schrödinger's wave functions to calculate the "transition probabilities" for electrons to jump from one energy level to another. Schrödinger's wave mechanics was easier to visualize and much easier to calculate than Heisenberg's own matrix mechanics.
In early 1927, Heisenberg announced his indeterminacy principle limiting our knowledge of the simultaneous position and velocity of atomic particles, and declared that the new quantum theory disproved causality. "We cannot  and here is where the causal law breaks down  explain why a particular atom will decay at one moment and not the next, or what causes it to emit an electron in this direction rather than that." Albert Einstein had shown this in his 1917 paper on the emission and absorption of light by matter.
More popularly known as the Uncertainty Principle in quantum mechanics, it states that the exact position and momentum of an atomic particle can only be known within certain (sic) limits. The product of the position error and the momentum error is greater than or equal to Planck's constant h divided by 2π.
ΔpΔx ≥ ℏ = h/2π (1)
Indeterminacy (Unbestimmtheit) was Heisenberg's original name for his principle. It is a better name than the more popular uncertainty, which connotes lack of knowledge. The Heisenberg principle is an ontological as well as epistemic lack of information.
Causality
Heisenberg was convinced that quantum mechanics had put an end to classical ideas of causality and strict determinism.
In his classic paper introducing the principle of indeterminacy, he concluded with remarks about causality. If one assumes that the interpretation of quantum mechanics is already correct in its essential points, it may be permissible to outline briefly its consequences of principle. We have not assumed that quantum theory — in opposition to classical theory — is an essentially statistical theory in the sense that only statistical conclusions can be drawn from precise initial data. The wellknown experiments of Geiger and Bothe, for example, speak directly against such an assumption. Rather, in all cases in which relations exist in classical theory between quantities which are really all exactly measurable, the corresponding exact relations also hold in quantum theory (laws of conservation of momentum and energy).But Heisenberg was not convinced that the lack of causality helped with the problem of human freedom. He reportedly said, "We no longer have any sympathy today for the concept of 'free will'." On the other hand, his close colleague, Carl von Weizsäcker, said that Heisenberg thought about the problem of free will "all the time." ( )
On Einstein's Light Quanta
Heisenberg must have known that Einstein had introduced probability and causality into physics in his 1916 work on the emission and absorption of light quanta, with his explanation of transition probabilities and discovery of stimulated emission.
But Heisenberg gives little credit to Einstein. In his letters to Einstein, he acknowledges that Einstein's work is relevant to indeterminacy, but does not follow through on exactly how it is relevant. And as late as the Spring of 1926, perhaps following Niels Bohr, he is not convinced of the reality of light quanta. "Whether or not I should believe in light quanta, I cannot say at this stage," he says. After Heisenberg's talk on matrix mechanics at the University of Berlin, Einstein invited him to take a walk and discuss some basic questions: I apparently managed to arouse Einstein's interest/for he invited me to walk home with him so that we might discuss the new ideas at greater length. On the way, he asked about my studies and previous research. As soon as we were indoors, he opened the conversation with a question that bore on the philosophical background of my recent work. "What you have told us sounds extremely strange. You assume the existence of electrons inside the atom, and you are probably quite right to do so. But you refuse to consider their orbits, even though we can observe electron tracks in a cloud chamber. I should very much like to hear more about your reasons for making such strange assumptions."
Works
Talk with Einstein (1926) (PDF)
BohrSchrödinger Meeting (1926) (PDF) Uncertainty Principle (1927) (PDF in German) History of Quantum Theory (PDF) The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory (1955, Annotated) < The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory (1955) (PDF)
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