On the Nature of Quantum Dynamical Variables


  • James R. Johnston


Quantum Postulate, Fourier distributions, Wave-particle-duality, Complementarity


An elementary review of the origin of quantum theory, with focus on the nature of the quantum dynamic variables, reveals the essential wave-likeness of quantum dynamics. The introduction of the concept of point-particle entities resulted from over-use of classical perspectives, and an issue of language: conflation of the concepts of point-particle localization, and discreteness of quantum detections. Keeping in mind the distinction between point-localization and discreteness of quantum exchange, it is clear that there is no experimental evidence for point-localization. A simple review of the origin of quantum theory, and review of several experiments designed to explore "wave-particle duality" and "complementarity" support this perspective.




How to Cite

Johnston, J. R. (2015). On the Nature of Quantum Dynamical Variables. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 11(2), 310–325. Retrieved from https://www.cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/512