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Friday, July 01, 2005

Quantum Intuition

It seems that doing Quantum Mechanics at bedtime is more preferable. Maybe Feynman was right when he said that if someone claims to understand QM, he doesnot know it.
I have never been able to gain as much insight when doing it seriously than what I am gaining by doing it at bedtime these days (if there really is a bedtime for me, I usually sleep besides my PC). It really provides me with an interesting real world bedtime story which is as exotic and esoteric as a well written mystery. Infact it is still a mystery.
This is the first time I have been able to understand the real difference between wave functions and eigen functions. Thought they really were the same with a minor difference. But infact they are a lot more different than I thought.
Eigen functions, it seems, only arise as solution artifacts to partial differential equations. The wave function is something more profound, more intelligent than an eigen function and tells a lot more about the system than a mere eigen function. Whoops !! I still dont understand it well. Hope Feynman was right on target.



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