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Who is generally regarded as the father of quantum mechanics?

Learn to whom the founding of quantum mechanics is attributed in physics.

Quantum equations can be quite massive. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
©Shutterstock, 2010
Quantum equations can be quite massive.

The German mathematical physicist, Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901-1976), is regarded as the father of quantum mechanics (theory of small-scale physical phenomena).

His theory of uncertainty in 1927 overturned traditional classical mechanics and electromagnetic theory regarding energy and motion when applied to sub-atomic particles such as electrons and parts of atomic nuclei.

The theory states that it is impossible to specify precisely both the position and the simultaneous momentum (mass × volume) of a particle, but they could only be predicted. This meant that a result of an action can only be expressed in terms of probability that a certain effect will occur, not certainty.

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