the principle of quantum mechanics, formulated by Heisenberg, that the accurate measurement of one of two related, observable quantities, as position and momentum or energy and time, produces uncertainties in the measurement of the other, such that the product of the uncertainties of both quantities is equal to or greater than h/2π, where h equals Planck's constant.
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How to use uncertainty principle in a sentence
Ingenious quantum scientists showed that teleportation can make an end run around the uncertainty principle and achieve a real-world result, secure telecommunications.What You’re Doing Right Now Is Proof of Quantum Theory - Issue 108: Change | Sidney Perkowitz | November 24, 2021 | Nautilus
This was revolutionary because in quantum theory, one cannot exactly clone, say, a photon with an unknown polarization, since making copies would provide a way to evade the uncertainty principle.What You’re Doing Right Now Is Proof of Quantum Theory - Issue 108: Change | Sidney Perkowitz | November 24, 2021 | Nautilus
In 1927, Werner Heisenberg announced his uncertainty principle, the core idea underlying the newborn math for describing nature known as quantum mechanics.The Top 10 scientific surprises of Science News’ first 100 years | Tom Siegfried | September 20, 2021 | Science News
British Dictionary definitions for uncertainty principle
the principle that energy and time or position and momentum of a quantum mechanical system, cannot both be accurately measured simultaneously. The product of their uncertainties is always greater than or of the order of h, where h is the Planck constant: Also known as: Heisenberg uncertainty principle, indeterminacy principle
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Scientific definitions for uncertainty principle
A principle, especially as formulated in quantum mechanics, that greater accuracy of measurement for one observable entails less accuracy of measurement for another. For example, it is in principle impossible to measure both the momentum and the position of a particle at the same time with perfect accuracy. Any pair of observables whose operators do not commute have this property. As defined in quantum mechanics, it is also called Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Similar uncertainty principles hold for non-quantum mechanical systems involving waves as well.
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Cultural definitions for uncertainty principle
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