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Physics/Heisenberg uncertainty principle


I'm sure all physicists would agree that overcoming this problem would be one of, if not the greatest breakthrough of the century.  I have 2 questions about this principle.

1)Is it a rule, or do we just not have the proper technology to overcome,
and 2)Would cooling down particles to just above absolute zero have any effect on being able to measure both the movement and location of said particles?

I discuss this one with friends often as if we could find the answer to this issue, quantum entanglement would then potentially allow communications to happen at any distance instantly, such as the sub-space transmissions on Star Trek.

Hello Louis,

The acceptance level of the uncertainty principle is beyond hypothesis. It is considered to be either accepted theory, like Einstein's Theory of Relativity, or law, like Newton's 3 Laws of Motion. Check out this website
Check out the the 2nd paragraph, especially the italicized sentence. That answers your 1st question.

On your 2nd question, I direct your attention to

I don't claim to understand the uncertainty principle, but I do accept it.

I hope this helps,


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I would be delighted to help with questions up through the first year of college Physics. Particularly Electricity, Electronics and Newtonian Mechanics (motion, acceleration etc.). I decline questions on relativity and Atomic Physics. I also could discuss the Space Shuttle and space flight in general.


I have a BS in Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering. I am retired now. My professional career was in Electrical Engineering with considerable time spent working with accelerometers, gyroscopes and flight dynamics (Physics related topics) while working on the Space Shuttle. I gave formal classroom lessons to technical co-workers periodically over a several year period.

BS Physics, North Dakota State University
MS Electrical Engineering, North Dakota State University

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