Synopsis

This website presents a rogue theory of quantum mechanics (QM) according to which a tiny, counterintuitive change to the mathematics of the Schrödinger wave packet could vastly simplify how we view Nature. Quantum experiments would change their meaning. The quantum world would look very similar to the classical world of everyday experience. Schrödinger’s cat would be gone.

What is this tiny change? We can give you a thumbnail sketch, or we can explain it in mathematical detail if you click here: Mathematical Detail. The thumbnail sketch is that a Schrödinger wave packet is a small part of an Elementary Wave traveling in the opposite direction. There are two odd things, both of which we can explain. First, the Elementary Wave travels in two opposite directions simultaneously (one direction being that of the Schrödinger wave packet). It is well known in QM that a one dimensional plane wave can come in from the right, hit an infinite barrier, bounce off and double back on itself. That is a wave traveling in two directions simultaneously. Elementary Waves travel in two directions simultaneously, but without the infinite barrier.

Second, the Elementary Wave conveys zero energy. Many people instantly say That’s impossible, all waves convey energy. But the Schrödinger wave packet itself conveys zero energy. It does not push or pull particles, nor does it do any work. It carries probability amplitudes, not energy. So if we expand the boundaries of a Schrödinger wave packet, we can include the context within which it lives. That context is a larger Elementary Wave traveling in the opposite direction.

Although this mathematical picture is weird, its size is small whereas its impact is vast. The entire quantum world is transformed into something sensible and lacking in quantum weirdness. Quantum experiments change their meaning, so that experiments that clearly proved that data can be erased backwards in time in the quantum world, no longer say that. Experiments that previously said that two entangled particles can communicate instantaneously at a vast distance, no longer say that. And a known flaw in Feynman’s QED (Quantum ElectroDynamics) is repaired, making QED stronger than before, as explained in this VIDEO.

There are two ways you can learn more details. The first is a YouTube video of 18 minutes (Ted Talk length) that is devoid of mathematical equations: YouTube video. The second is a 34 page SCHOLARLY ARTICLE published in a peer reviewed physics journal, which does contain equations. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.24297/jap.v17i.8696)

Given that no one feels comfortable with the existence of quantum weirdness, you might expect that the scholarly world would be open to a unique approach to getting rid of weirdness and restoring sanity. But that is not the case. There is intense hostility to TEW (Theory of Elementary Waves). Why? Because TEW brings a paradigm shift. Many of the comfortable Truths of QM are discarded as being untrue. For example, wave particle duality is discarded. Experts in QM turn off their ears when they hear that we have discarded wave particle duality, and they are not open to any further discussion.

The scientific community is as open to a paradigm shift today as it was in the past. Alfred Wegener for example proposed in 1912 that there was once a continent named Pangea that split apart and the continents then drifted into their present locations. That idea was rejected by all geologists and scientific societies as absurd, because everyone knew (or thought they knew) there was no force on earth strong enough to move continents. Wegener’s idea appeared in no scientific textbooks until fifty years later when it came back in the form of plate tectonics. The hostility of the scientific community to paradigm shifts is documented in Thomas Kuhn’s book, Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

The term “paradigm shift” means that a new mathematical science arises based on assumptions that are so different than the conventional assumptions in science that experts cannot comprehend what is being said. To the journal editors and other experts the new viewpoint sounds like the ravings of a lunatic. They promptly reject the new ideas as absurd, not even worth thinking about.

Occam’s razor says that the simpler explanation of Nature is usually preferred. Since TEW introduces a tiny, almost microscopic change in mathematics of the Schrödinger wave packet, even though it is counter intuitive, one would expect that scientists would be interested in TEW because such a tiny change vastly simplifies how we view Nature. But since a paradigm shift is involved, scientists have no patience with TEW and simply dismiss it as unintelligible gibberish. If you ask them what they think of TEW, the experts will reply that they never heard of it.

So here is the reality in QM: there is a powerful and accurate mathematical physics that is highly accurate and is the source of our entire high tech economy. But when you try to understand Nature based on QM, it makes no sense at all. Alice’s Wonderland makes more sense than the quantum world.

When TEW arrives with a map of Wonderland that preserves the math, experiments and accomplishments of QM and also allows us to understand Nature, people reject it as garbage. If you look for the Nobel Laureates and tenured professors or scientific journal editors who embrace TEW, you will not find anyone. NONE. Countless leading journals of physics and mathematics have rejected scholarly articles we submitted about TEW, usually without peer review. One editor of the journal Science sent an email back in 15 minutes, saying, “Not the kind of thing we publish.”