An alternative approach to generalized complementarity

Eric Jakobsson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


An interaction viewpoint is defined for looking at natural systems. This viewpoint is seen to be connected with quantum mechanical uncertainty and measurement theory. A connection is then shown between quantum mechanical uncertainty and the workability of Grunbaüm's "infinity machines". Finally the workability of infinity machines is related to Elsasser's "generalized complementarity". The net result is to show that generalized complementarity is not distinct from complementarity in atomic physics but has its roots in the same place, i.e. quantum mechanical measurement theory. A model system which permits some quantification of these notions is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-103
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1972
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'An alternative approach to generalized complementarity'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this