book is the second stage of our exploration of Quantum Mechanics in the
Everyone’s Guide Series. Readers will benefit from a
prior reading of Quantum
Mechanics: 1 Particles & Waves.
Here, we explore wave packets, the quantum
description of particles. We will see how wave packets lead inexorably
to the Uncertainty Principle, a hallmark of Quantum Mechanics. We
examine the physical and philosophic implications of uncertainty, and
whether or not “God plays with dice.”
Next, we explore wave interference, the
fate of Schrödinger’s Cat, and the nature of Reality in the Micro-World.
Finally, we examine the Two-Slit experiment, the
most famous demonstration of the startling predictions of Quantum
Mechanics. We treat this as a series of thought experiments, and will
also review astonishing data from a real, practical test.
and Einstein both made essential contributions to the development of
Quantum Mechanics, and both were repelled by its uncertainty.
Schrödinger concocted a bizarre thought experiment intended to show
that Quantum Mechanics led to irrational conclusions. Rest assured, no
real cats were injured by the politically-incorrect thought experiment.
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