Nothing like? I'm not sure that I would agree with that statement. Not that either of us could prove how sub-atomic particles really act.
If you fire electrons one at a time, at a screen which is able to record the impacts, and also has an intervening screen between the two, that has two appropriately sized slits, you would be able to see the individual impacts, and over time you would also begin to see an interference pattern in the impact locations, thereby seeing both the particle aspect of electrons, and the wave aspect of electrons. Its hard to imagine how the interference pattern can emerge when you are firing one electron at a time, unless each individual electron is somehow interfering with itself, but it does. Now, do you think you could produce the same pattern with the same screens (larger and stronger) but with a machine gun firing bullets one at a time? It's impossible, because the classical world that we live and experience in, is nothing like the quantum world.
posted on 03/07/2013 11:17:49 AM PST
I'm not sure that particle wave duality is an example of how "the quantum world is nothing like the classic world" as much as it is an example of a difference.
Regardless my point is that there are those that suggest that because observation changes the observed that there are things that are ultimately unknowable. I reject this concept and it related philosophies.
posted on 03/07/2013 12:41:42 PM PST
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