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Published February 2013 | public
Journal Article

Einstein, Ehrenfest, and the quantum measurement problem


A joint paper by Albert Einstein and Paul Ehrenfest, published just weeks after the results of the Stern-Gerlach experiment became known, shows with remarkable clarity and prescience the unsurmountable difficulties that the experiment posed for any classical interpretation. With a focus on the measurement process, rather than on the underlying theoretical alternatives for this experimentum crucis, the authors almost anticipate what would later be recognized as a central conceptual difficulty of quantum mechanics, i.e., the quantum measurement problem.

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© 2013 by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Article first published online: 8 Feb. 2013.

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