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Albert Einstein
In a Detailed and Unpublished Letter on Classical and Quantum Physics, Albert Einstein Issues a Treatise – a Scientific Explanation – Underpinning His Belief That the Universe Cannot Be Random This remarkable scientific letter shows Einstein’s mind at work, and his lifelong quest to not only explain but to validate
1702. 17/02/1953. In this letter from Einstein to David Bohm, Einstein discusses the importance of connecting a key principle of the relatively new theory of quantum mechanics (the “Born interpretation”) to physical quantities that can be measured in the real world. To him, it is essential that mathematical theories be connected to measurable quantities. In this letter, Einstein’s uneasiness with quantum mechanics is apparent, saying that validation of the seemingly random quantum mechanics “…can only be done on the basis of classical mechanics.” Without this validation, quantum theory has essentially “no controllable meaning.”Max Born was a renowned physicist who was crucial for the development of quantum mechanics (and also the Ph.D. supervisor of many important physicists including J. Robert Oppenheimer). Quantum mechanics describes the weird behavior of tiny subatomic particles. It’s also the guiding theory that led to critical technologies like nuclear power, MRI machines, and transistors in computers and phones. One of Born’s biggest contributions to quantum mechanics was the interpretation of the probability density, which is a mathematical operation performed on the “psi-function” (in Einstein’s words) to predict the most probable physical quantities of a quantum particle. Einstein believed that probabilities only make sense if you can determine the values that they predict independently by measurement. This is easy to do in classical, Newtonian, mechanics (the physics of big things in everyday life). But Einstein said we can’t measure i … [Click Below for Full Description]
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