False Formalisms and Ends Justifying Means: the Case of Quantum Theory

Authors: Sosale Chandrasekhar

It is argued that the wave-mechanical formalism that serves as the basis of quantum theory is fundamentally flawed on several counts. Primarily, the de Broglie equation is manifestly invalid as it implies that even macroscopic objects would acquire a substantial wavelength as they approach resting velocities. Furthermore, ostensible diffraction phenomena are not only logically dubious but also amenable to alternative explanations (including in the case of Newton’s rings). A subliminal thread apparently links diverse observations via the standing-wave idea, with the Planck treatment of black body radiation likely having inspired the particle-in-a-box model, which serves as the gateway to quantum chemistry via a quantum mechanical analogue of the Bohr orbits. These arguments apparently indicate that quantum theory is best regarded as an empirical model for dealing with certain natural phenomena, but also raise epistemological questions as to whether natural phenomena can at all be modelled by exact theories.

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