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Uncertainty Doesn't Apply To 1 Particle

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Posted by Alan on September 19, 2001 23:34:05 UTC

Re: jisbond's question:
The uncertainty only applies to statistics.
It does not apply to one particle.

Werner Heisenberg writes that the probability function contains the objective element of tendency and the subjective element of incomplete knowledge.It describes a whole ensemble of possible events; observation selects the one that actually happened and gives our knowledge a quantum jump.

We can only describe what happens via our observation, he says.

Heinz R. Pagels says that an important warning regarding Heisenberg's uncertainty relation is that it does not apply to a single measurement on a single particle; only to a statistical average over lots of measurements.

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