tisdag 24 januari 2017

Is the Quantum World Really Inexplicable in Classical Terms?

Peter Holland describes in the opening statement of The Quantum Theory of Motion the state of the art of modern physics in the form of quantum mechanics, as follows:
  • The quantum world is inexplicable in classical terms.
  • The predictions pertaining to the interaction of matter and light embodied in Newton's laws of motion  and Maxwell's equations governing the propagation of electromagnetic fields, are in flat contradiction with the experimental facts at the microscopic scale.
  • A key feature of quantum effects is their apparent indeterminism, that individual atomic events are unpredictable, uncontrollable and literally seem to have no cause.
  • Regularities emerge onlywhen one considers a large ensemble of such events.
  • This indeed is generally considered to constitute the heart of the conceptual problems posed by quantum phenomena, necessitating a fundamental revision of the deterministic classical world view.
No doubt this describes the predicament of modern physics and it is a sad story: It is nothing but a total collapse of rationality, and as far as I can understand, there are no compelling reasons to give up the core principles of classical continuum physics so well expressed in Maxwell's equations. 

If classical continuum physics is modified just a little by adding a new element of finite precision computation, then the apparent contradiction of the ultra-violet catastrophe of black-body radiation as the root of "quantization", can be circled and rationality maintained.  You can find these my arguments by browsing the labels to this post and the web sites Computational Black Body Radiation and The World as Computation with further development in the book Real Quantum Mechanics.

And so No, it may not be necessary to give up the deterministic classical world view when doing atom physics, the view which gave us Maxwell's equations and opened a new world of electro-magnetics connecting to atoms. It may suffice to modify the deterministic classical view just a little bit without losing anything to make it work also for atom physics.

After all, what can be more deterministic than the ground state of a Hydrogen atom?

Of course, this is not a message that is welcomed by physicists, who have been locked since 90 years into finding evidence that quantum mechanics is inexplicable, by inventing contradictions of concepts without physical reality. The root to such contradictions (like wave-particle duality) is the linear multi-d Schrödinger equation which is picked from the air as a formality without physics content, but just because of that being inexplicable. To advance, it seems that a new Schrödinger equation with physical meaning should be derived...

The question is how to generalise Schrödinger's equation for the Hydrogen atom with one electron, which works fine and can be understood, to Helium with two electrons and so on...The question is then how the two electrons of Helium find co-existence around the kernel. In Real Quantum Mechanics they split 3d space without overlap....like East and West of global politics or Germany...

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