Quantum Physics Just Got Easier To Understand

Quantum Physics Just Got Easier To Understand – http://huff.to/1B20g2r

Sounds like a good baby step in the right direction.

I think in the long run will be seeing that matter is waves that sometimes behave like particles rather than particles that sometimes behave like waves.

As an analogy, consider one’s center of gravity.  For some purposes one can behave a bit like a particle of one’s entire weight at that point, say while drifting in the vacuum of space or doing a high jump.

With good technique at a high jump, one’s center of gravity can pass under the beam while piece by piece the body folds over the beam.

So identical trajectories of the center of gravity could be consistent with the body going over the beam, under the beam or knocking it down.

If one regarded the body as literally a mass at the center of gravity that would seem quite mysterious, much in the way that quantum mechanics seems mysterious, with a range of outcomes for no obvious reason at all.

The solution in the high jumping case comes from recognizing that the situations are all different.  Look at it the wrong way and you can puzzle at it forever without finding a solution because all you see are charts that look exactly the same.

But define the exact same events differently, and although nothing has changed, all of the charts will look entirely different.

The lack of an apparent distinction doesn’t mean there isn’t one, it may just mean we’re looking at it wrong.

In terms of getting rarer quantum events, think of again the high jump analogy.

Set the bar at two feet and almost all will go over, but the odd klutz will knock it over.

Put it at three feet and maybe half make it over.

At the high end, a world record once in a lifetime or history event, and the arc of the center of gravity has to be high enough to allow the jumper to clear with perfect technique, with actually perfect technique.

Because a high jump is macroscopic, there’s nothing mysterious, the explanation is quite ordinary.

It doesn’t follow from an event being microscopic that there can’t also be a quite ordinary explanation there too. 

The traditional handling of quantum physics held the field back for decades, Heisenberg did a lot of damage.  One of the cornerstones of scientific thinking is that every difference implies a distinction.  Quantum mechanics is at a level unsettleable if you consider matter to be fundamentally particles, yes that’s proven. 

But what happens if you get rid of that assumption.  It’s a problem with no solution if matter is particles but it doesn’t follow that it’s a problem with no solution if matter is waves.  Again, the high jump.  If all you looked at is the graphs of the center of gravity that wouldn’t tell you why sometimes the bar fell and sometimes it didn’t, with the same trajectory, and looking at it that way you wouldn’t ever find a solution.

I’d suggest looking at every macroscopic wave we can get our hands on, how they behave, how they interact with other waves, it will give ideas about how to think about what we cannot see, even if the analogy is not perfect.

I’d be particularly interested in standing waves and backwards wave propogation. 

I think that’s probably how we get our grand unified theory eventually.  I expect matter is waves overlapping, and fields are features of the waves rather than something distinct.  Then the various forms of forces can be features of how the waves interact with other waves.  Matter interacts with other matter because a less substantial i.e. not solid wave feature overlaps.  Action at a distance is solved because there isn’t distance with the overlap and the various forces are really just wave mechanics of some form.


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