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User avatar #21 - cheesymuffins (02/22/2013) [-]
Uncertainty principle is based, in part, in our current abilities of measuring things. This is because all of our methods of measuring things use what I'll call 'active' forms of measurement. What I mean by that is our current forms of measurement throw something at what we're measuring, and then record what happens to what we threw, to put it crudely. Whether that be light or electrons, we throw them at things, and record what happens.
Now when I put it so crudely, you can see how the methods we use to measure things aren't ideal, because some of the things we want to measure, like single atoms or single electrons, can be measurably affected by what we're throwing.
Another part is our lack of understanding. We just haven't figured it out yet. We've essentially invented an excuse for our current lack of understanding. We don't know how to invent the tools we need to measure things without uncertainty. Eventually, we'll get it.
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