Max Born's Statistical Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Science  17 Dec 1982:
Vol. 218, Issue 4578, pp. 1193-1198
DOI: 10.1126/science.218.4578.1193


In the summer of 1926, a statistical element was introduced for the first time in the fundamental laws of physics in two papers by Born. After a brief account of Born's earlier involvements with quantum physics, including his bringing the new mechanics to the United States, the motivation for and contents of Born's two papers are discussed. The reaction of his colleagues is described.