Niels Bohr’s Generalization of Classical Mechanics

Foundations of Physics 35 (3):347-371 (2005)
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We clarify Bohr’s interpretation of quantum mechanics by demonstrating the central role played by his thesis that quantum theory is a rational generalization of classical mechanics. This thesis is essential for an adequate understanding of his insistence on the indispensability of classical concepts, his account of how the quantum formalism gets its meaning, and his belief that hidden variable interpretations are impossible



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Peter Bokulich
University of Notre Dame