Posts Tagged ‘Erwin Schrödinger’

13 Wave

Monday, June 21st, 2010

To quote from Max Jammer’s ‘The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics’, Erwin Schrödinger consistently ‘interpreted quantum theory as a simple classical theory of waves.  In his view, physical reality consists of waves and waves only.  He denied categorically the existence of discrete energy levels and quantum jumps, on the grounds that in wave mechanics the discrete eigenvalues are eigenfrequencies of waves rather than energies’[i].

Physically, Schrödinger is simply saying that, for example, standing waves require a whole number of wavelengths, or in some situations half wavelengths, that these could provide the discrete energy levels of atoms and, from that, the specific frequencies of emission observed. Schrödinger was meticulously cautious and precise in his criticisms of the Copenhagen Interpretation, and its quasi-corpuscular basis.[ii]

Schrödinger went into this in considerable detail. (more…)

9 The fall of physics: quantum theory

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Of the two ‘great theories’ of twentieth century physics, quantum mechanics is known as the more mysterious, the more impenetrable to rational, deterministic analysis, a strange and bizarre theory that requires a complete rethink of scientific method and principle. We will not find any of this to be the case.

Einstein said of quantum mechanics that ‘One ought really to be ashamed of the successes, as they are obtained with the help of the Jesuitic rule: “One hand must not know what the other does”’[i]

Later, in 1951, he wrote to his friend Besso: ‘What are light quanta?  Nowadays every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks he knows it, but he is mistaken.’ (more…)