Who Said Electron Paths Cannot Be Predicted?


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Werner Heisenberg is one of two scientists who said that electron paths cannot be predicted. A particle's position (x) and momentum (p) cannot be measured with absolute precision, according to his uncertainty principle. The more accurately one of these values is known, the less accurately the other can be calculated.

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The equation that Heisenberg derived from his principle can also be explained using energy and time, in which when one becomes more constrained, the other becomes less so. Heisenberg's work has roots in quantum theory, which was developed by other physicists, including Erwin Schrödinger. Heisenberg's theory also explains how the sun is able to shine and how atoms don't implode on themselves.

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