CHAPTER9

The Quantum Wave Function

In This Chapter

  • Matter waves and wave functions
  • Probability and the Born interpretation
  • How particles can be in multiple places at once
  • Heisenberg and quantum uncertainty

In this chapter, we will make a quantum jump of our own. Until now, we’ve been able to present a logical progression of quantum ideas that tracked, for the most part, with the historical development of quantum physics. By the early 1920s however, its development diverged into several different, though intimately linked, paths. We will visit each in turn, but for the sake of clarity we are going to hitch our wagon to the concept of quantum ...

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