Is Quantum Mechanics Deterministic after all?
March 23, 2008 1 Comment
Could Albert Einstein finally be vindicated? His famous comment “God does not play dice” (actually, the correct and extended version, from a letter to Max Born in 1926, was “Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the ‘old one’. I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice”) referred to his belief that physical reality was deterministic at its core and that “hidden variables” that would describe deterministic reality were masked by the probablistic nature of Quantum Mechanics. Most physicists have come to accept that quantum reality is probablistic. But there have been a silent minority who maintained faith in the hidden variable idea. A recent article in New Scientist discusses new research that may show that “quantum reality isn’t random, it just looks that way.” Hoorah for determinism.
IMHO, I have always expected as much. A random number generator appears random, but is fully deterministic. Aren’t Boltzman’s laws of entropy probablistic on the surface but deterministic deep down? We most certainly are not through uncovering the mysteries of subatomic particles. The hidden variables may very well ultimately explain anomalies like entanglement. And they may very well be the result of a programmed reality!