Interpretations of quantum mechanics
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An interpretation of quantum mechanics is an attempt to explain how the mathematical theory of quantum mechanics "corresponds" to reality. Although quantum mechanics has held up to rigorous and extremely precise tests in an extraordinarily broad range of experiments (not one prediction from quantum mechanics is found to be contradicted by experiments), there exist a number of contending schools of thought over their interpretation. (These views on interpretation differ on such fundamental questions as whether quantum mechanics is deterministic or random, which elements of quantum mechanics can be considered "real", and what is the nature of measurement, among other matters.)
See also
- Afshar experiment
- Bohr–Einstein debates
- Einstein's thought experiments
- Glossary of quantum philosophy
- Macroscopic quantum phenomena
- Path integral formulation
- Philosophical interpretation of classical physics
- Quantum foundations
- Quantum gravity
- Quantum Zeno effect