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THE SCANDAL OF QUANTUM MECHANICS

THE SCANDAL OF QUANTUM MECHANICS Letters are selected for their expected interest for our readers. Some letters are sent to reviewers for advice; some are accepted or declined by the editor without review. Letters must be brief and may be edited, subject to the author's approval of significant changes. Although some comments on published articles and notes may be appropriate as letters, most such comments are reviewed according to a special procedure and appear, if accepted, in the Notes and Discussions section. See the "Statement of Editorial Policy" at http://www.kzoo.edu/ajp/docs/edpolicy.html. Running controversies among letter writers will not be published. THE SCANDAL OF QUANTUM MECHANICS The article by Nikoli1 with its catchy title is a reminder of the scandalous fact that eighty years after the development of quantum mechanics the literature is still swamped by voluminous discussions about what is called its "interpretation."2 Actually quantum mechanics provides a complete and adequate description of the observed physical phenomena on the atomic scale. What else can one wish? It is true that the connection with gravity is still a problem, but that is outside this discussion. The difficulty is that the authors are unable to adjust their way of thinking--and speaking--to the fact that phenomena on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Physics American Association of Physics Teachers

THE SCANDAL OF QUANTUM MECHANICS

The American Journal of Physics , Volume 76 (11) – Nov 1, 2008

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Publisher
American Association of Physics Teachers
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 American Association of Physics Teachers
ISSN
0002-9505
eISSN
1943-2909
DOI
10.1119/1.2967702
Publisher site
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Abstract

Letters are selected for their expected interest for our readers. Some letters are sent to reviewers for advice; some are accepted or declined by the editor without review. Letters must be brief and may be edited, subject to the author's approval of significant changes. Although some comments on published articles and notes may be appropriate as letters, most such comments are reviewed according to a special procedure and appear, if accepted, in the Notes and Discussions section. See the "Statement of Editorial Policy" at http://www.kzoo.edu/ajp/docs/edpolicy.html. Running controversies among letter writers will not be published. THE SCANDAL OF QUANTUM MECHANICS The article by Nikoli1 with its catchy title is a reminder of the scandalous fact that eighty years after the development of quantum mechanics the literature is still swamped by voluminous discussions about what is called its "interpretation."2 Actually quantum mechanics provides a complete and adequate description of the observed physical phenomena on the atomic scale. What else can one wish? It is true that the connection with gravity is still a problem, but that is outside this discussion. The difficulty is that the authors are unable to adjust their way of thinking--and speaking--to the fact that phenomena on

Journal

The American Journal of PhysicsAmerican Association of Physics Teachers

Published: Nov 1, 2008

Keywords: physics fundamentals; quantum theory

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