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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There is little wonder that the conflicting and the uncertain nature of the quantum phenomena has given rise to confusion and to mutually exclusive philosophical claims of the objective reality, ranging from the positivist and subjective idealism to the realist views of the "guiding waves" of a continuous and permanent objective reality on the one hand and to a mechanistic and simplistic measurement problem as expressed by the Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, on the other.
She reminds me of my young physicist friend, Jamie, whose eyes crackle with wonder when he explains arcane concepts like Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.
Most famous of those rules is Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, which asserts the impossibility of measuring an entity's position and velocity at the same time.
In a subsequent experiment the element of chance from Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle was introduced by having each participant execute the six movements in any order and for any length of time.
Historical excursions lead to discussions of medieval conceptions of inertia, Galileo's contribution to astronomy, Newton's mechanics, the origin of the "big bang" theory, relativity, and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.
According to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, at atomic levels, our knowledge is limited by our very act of seeking to know.
WERNER HEISENBERG'S Uncertainty Principle stipulates that the position and momentum of an atomic particle cannot be simultaneously and definitively known.
Werner Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states that the position and velocity of a subatomic particle cannot both be measured exactly and at the same time, even in theory.
Eventually, the dilemmas and contradictions raised by the duality of waves and particles were resolved by Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and Bohr's complementarity principle.
Computer systems dealing with information rather than energy conversion will approach size limits where quantum effects such as Heisenberg's uncertainty principle begin to interfere.
Heisenberg's uncertainty principle roughly means that the more you try to conduct an accurate measurement, the more you interfere with what's being measured.
Comfort with Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Schrodinger's simultaneously dead and living cat, and Jeans' cosmos that's more like a thought than a mechanism seem to have engendered increased comfort with "God" as an awesome set of abstract operating principles rather than a humanoid mythic image.
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.
Some theories, such as Einstein's, have relevance on a galactic scale; others, such as quantum mechanics and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, initially appear relevant only in the subatomic realm.