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Bell's theorem

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy — Physics.

A theorem stating that no local hidden-variables theory can make predictions in agreement with those of quantum mechanics. Local hidden-variables theories give rise to a result, called Bell...

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Bohm, David Joseph

Chris Dewdney.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Philosophy; Physics. 769 words.

Bohm, David Joseph (1917–1992), physicist and philosopher, was born on 20 December 1917 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, the son of Samuel Bohm, proprietor of a furniture store, and his...

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Bridgman, Percy Williams

Maila L. Walter.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Philosophy; Physics. 2492 words.

Bridgman, Percy Williams (21 April 1882–20 August 1961), physicist and philosopher of science, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Raymond Landon Bridgman, an author and...

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Campbell, Norman Robert

Isobel Falconer.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Philosophy; Physics. 1420 words.

Campbell, Norman Robert (1880–1949), physicist and philosopher, was born on 7 March 1880 at 19 Westbourne Terrace, Kensington, London, the third son of William Middleton Campbell of...

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Chase, Pliny Earle

John Huss.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Science and Mathematics; Education; Physics; Earth Sciences and Geography; Philosophy. 1350 words.

Chase, Pliny Earle (18 August 1820–17 December 1886), educator, natural philosopher, and physicist, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Anthony Chase, an insurance company...

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Copenhagen interpretation

Overview page. Subjects: Physics — Philosophy.

The anti-realist interpretation of quantum mechanics championed by the physicist Niels Bohr (1885–1962) who worked in Copenhagen, and the subject of extended debate with Einstein. According...

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Demainbray, Stephen Charles Triboudet

Alan Q. Morton.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography; Philosophy; Astronomy and Astrophysics. 1065 words.

Demainbray, Stephen Charles Triboudet (1710–1782), natural philosopher and astronomer, was born on 20 February 1710 in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London, the son of...

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Frank, Philipp G.

Gerald Holton.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Philosophy; Physics. 1061 words.

Frank, Philipp G. (20 March 1884–21 July 1966), scholar of physics and philosophy of science, was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Hans Frank, a chemist, and Marta Hoffmann. Frank...

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Schrödinger's cat

Overview page. Subjects: Physics — Philosophy.

Celebrated animal introduced by the Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger (1887–1961) in 1935, in a thought experiment showing the strange nature of the world of quantum mechanics. The cat...

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Ziman, John Michael

Michael Berry.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

March 2013; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Philosophy of Science; Physics. 1400 words.

Ziman, John Michael (1925–2005), physicist and philosopher of science, was born into a cultured Jewish family at 21 Rustat Road, Cambridge, on 16 May 1925, the elder son and eldest of three...

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