Physics History / go to: The American Institute of Physics website.
For a surprising discussion of Heisenberg’s “sad” dissertation http://www.aip.org/history/heisenberg/p06.htm
This is driving me nuts: there is a “social” or popular version of Quantum Theory that insists on the implications being supernatural or magical or just plain idiotic. Like “quantum leap” or a vehicle named Quantum, or reality is imaginary and we’re all characters in a video game and the New Age cons that litter American pop culture.
But as an Asperger, one thing seems obvious (I know, I’m risking being a literal dunderhead) In order to measure (locate) an electron in the probability field, you have to effectively “freeze it” in one possible location which changes it from being in a state of probability into an observed location. It’s inherent in the experiment. You can’t locate the electron without interfering in the system.
In other words, locating the electron inevitably causes a conceptual problem because (I assume) these relationships are mathematical ideas that are simply not expressible in human language and thought processes.
I knew of [Heisenberg’s] theory, of course, but I felt discouraged, not to say repelled, by the methods of transcendental algebra, which appeared difficult to me, and by the lack of visualizability. -Schrödinger in 1926
Thanks to humanitysdarkerside.wordpress.com for the following link!
Article from The Skeptical Adversaria
PROBLEM-SOLVING ‘MAGIC’ OF QUANTUM PHYSICS
by Doug Bramwell
‘Quantum mystery’ and ‘quantum magic’ – both these expressions are used by many physicists when they are trying to explain quantum theory to the layman. Presumably they are trying to convey a sense of the strangeness of quantum theory but, sadly, the rather mystic overtones of the expressions have probably encouraged pseudoscientists and New Agers to find, in quantum theory, a justification for their particular brands of nonsense. There are unanswered questions about quantum theory, and there are unanswered questions about, say, channelling. Therefore quantum theory must explain channelling – easy isn’t it?