Posts Tagged ‘Schrödinger equation’

24 Model

Friday, December 10th, 2010

There are two elements to this book, and it is important to distinguish between them.

The first is a detailed deconstruction and criticism of current theory. It has been taken as read that modern physics theory is complex and mathematical, and we have suggested that this is partly but not solely the cause of its unintelligibility. The case we have argued is that modern physics, from around 1905 onwards, is literally incoherent, containing fundamental conflicts in its ideas and theories, and that this runs much more deeply than the acknowledged bifurcation of theory post 1900. Most damagingly, there are significant elements of this that amount to a basic rejection of scientific methodology. (more…)

17 Bell and von Neumann

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

In 1932, the distinguished mathematician John von Neumann wrote ‘The Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics’[i], which is famous for the elegant mathematical formalism it introduced and for its proof of the non-existence of hidden variables. In 1964, John S. Bell is credited with discovering a ‘flaw’ in this proof, and with correcting it.

The phrase ‘hidden variables’ is another of those in modern theoretical physics that is imprecisely used and inconsistently defined. One approach to it is as follows. We might infer that light is a wave from its remarkably wave-like properties, but we have historically only been able to observe its effect on absorption by a molecule on photographic paper or in our eye. Its wave nature, if it exists, is supposedly hidden from us and so would be a hidden variable in any theory. (more…)