Quantum Mechanics, Determinism, Causality, and Particles

Quantum Mechanics, Determinism, Causality, and Particles

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Two important events in the history of physical sciences occurred re cently: the fiftieth anniversary of Quantum Mechanics and the Jubilee of Louis de Broglie's celebrated Thesis. These events occurred in the same period of time when the world honored de Broglie on the occa sion of his eightieth birthday. Some of de Broglie's friends, former students, and some people who used to know him and appreciate his personality decided to prepare an international volume for this cele brated occasion. Such a task was not very easy. It is always simpler to contribute in honor of famous people whose works and impact were great on a tech nical and pragmatic level than to contribute in honor of a person whose achievements were not only dominant in physical sciences themselves, but also had many important implications for the development of the whole branch of philosophy of sciences. Louis de Broglie, the man to whom we owe among other things the most fundamental notion of duality between waves and particles, be longs in a way to the Einsteinian school of thought. He never accepted literally the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. To him it was clear that this interpretation makes quantum mechanics incomplete and highly non-deterministic. He always believed that since the duality between waves and particles was an experimental fact, there should be some manifestation of the Schrodinger wave itself in the realistic world. De Broglie had to struggle much for this idea, which he never gave up.... are expressed in the Hamiltonian form; (iii) the usual definition and properties of the Poisson bracket are preserved. ... In this paper a formal solution to this problem is presented which then permits a usual-time Hamiltonian formulation of the theory. ... Quantum Mechanics, Determinism, Causality, and Particles, 167a€“ 178.

Title:Quantum Mechanics, Determinism, Causality, and Particles
Author:M. Flato, Z. Maric, A. Milojevic, Daniel Sternheimer, J.P. Vigier
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06


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