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There seem to be a lot of people like that!It's incredible how definite some of the statements are that we read on forums like this one.
It's incredible how definite some of the statements are that we read on forums like this one.Hmmmmm!
...there are a few things of which we can be pretty sure - within their limits - like Newton's Laws of Motion ...
Sorry, guys, but if I may say so, I don't think the above is answering the question that was actully asked, and has side tracked into the uncertainty principle, which is a linked, but slightly different issue.To that end:-At the turn of the previous century, (19th. to 20th.) Max Plank, a German mathematician, postulated the theory that energy exists as particles (quanta) as well as waves. The equation that detemines the energy of a single quantum is still called Plank's constant in his honour.
The Uncertainty Principle is certainly one of the fundamental features of QM that distinguishes it from classical mechanics. It's also one of the best ways to demonstrate how counterintuitive quantum mechanics can be. However, I wouldn't go so far as to say it's "fundamental" to the theory itself, since the Uncertainty Principle is a result of postulates that give rise to the theory, and not the other way around.
QM is the most wonderful , fantastic development in physics!!! It opens up and expands minds like never before!! Unfortunately it comes with some pre-concieved litter carried over from classical physics. Take for instance the phenomena of electricity which was formulated before ever photons were discovered, which has resulted in one hell of a humongous bollocks up!
Oh, and thanks, mcqueen for the phrase "humungous bollocks up." That's one of the technical terms scientists use, right?