uncertainty principle

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(quantum theory) the theory that it is impossible to measure both energy and time (or position and momentum) completely accurately at the same time

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WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 90 years after Werner Heisenberg pioneered his uncertainty principle, a group of researchers from three countries has provided substantial new insight into this fundamental tenet of quantum physics with the first rigorous formulation supporting the uncertainty principle as Heisenberg envisioned it.
According to the uncertainty principle, objects in a quantum system can be in more than one state or more than one place at the same time--superposition at the quantum level can allow a particle to travel two different paths at the same time.
Once the uncertainty principle began achieving traction, Lindley makes it clear that
And hypnocounseling is sensitive to physicist Stephen Hawking's assertion that the human brain is affected by the uncertainty principle accounting for the randomness and unpredictability associated with the quantum mechanics in human behavior.
Copenhagen'' is a multiscenario attempt at filling in the gaps, a veritable valentine to the uncertainty principle.
And Werner Heisenberg's uncertainty principle tells us that the scientist must always account for his or her point of view within an experiment.
Alvin Greenberg's three novels and three volumes of short stories have celebrated process, including, in Delta q, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, even when, as in his second novel, it was Going Nowhere.
For Smith, the notion of causation is suspect since Heisenberg's uncertainty principle has demonstrated that there are "uncaused events" in the sense of being "unpredictable" (p.
This cohesive book begins with the wavefunction to develop the basic principles of quantum mechanics such as the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality.
Beginning in 1925, Werner Heisenberg (above), Erwin Schrodinger, Max Born, Paul Dirac and others created the math of physics's future, culminating in Heisenberg's famous uncertainty principle.
Editorial, "The Uncertainty Principle," The Wall Street Journal, 7/14/10)
This will later lead to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
And while Jo Baker, Brian Wilson and Peter Dickson acquitted themselves superbly in the story of the wartime meeting between a Danish and a German nuclear scientist, the theatre's programme provided excellent back-up by listing some key wartime dates, an item about the USA and German efforts to develop nuclear weapons and a glossary of 25 scientific terms that occupied two pages and ranged alphabetically from the atom to the Uncertainty Principle.
According to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, at atomic levels, our knowledge is limited by our very act of seeking to know.
They're like electrons, zooming about the continent in a haze of energy and ideas, difficult to pin down in one spot, their own private metaphor for Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.