What is the Quantum Enigma?

15 October 2020

The second in a series of interview segments featuring PSIF Chairman Dr. Wolfgang Smith and PSIF Director Dr. Richard Smith, this remarkable interview ranges over a broad array of subjects, including this week’s introduction to the quantum enigma or “measurement problem” of quantum mechanics.

Only an act of measurement can collapse the wave function of a quantum particle, assigning a specific value from many possible values. This is “enigmatic” to physicists precisely because there is absolutely nothing in quantum theory that can explain this collapse.

Nor can there be!

No equation — whether now or in the future — can account for this instantaneous shift from probability to actuality.

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