Quantum Mechanics: Myths and Facts
Abstract
A common understanding of quantum mechanics (QM) among students and practical users is often plagued by a number of “myths”, that is, widely accepted claims on which there is not really a general consensus among experts in foundations of QM. These myths include waveparticle duality, timeenergy uncertainty relation, fundamental randomness, the absence of measurementindependent reality, locality of QM, nonlocality of QM, the existence of welldefined relativistic QM, the claims that quantum field theory (QFT) solves the problems of relativistic QM or that QFT is a theory of particles, as well as myths on blackhole entropy. The fact is that the existence of various theoretical and interpretational ambiguities underlying these myths does not yet allow us to accept them as proven facts. I review the main arguments and counterarguments lying behind these myths and conclude that QM is still a notyetcompletelyunderstood theory open to further fundamental research.
 Publication:

Foundations of Physics
 Pub Date:
 November 2007
 DOI:
 10.1007/s107010079176y
 arXiv:
 arXiv:quantph/0609163
 Bibcode:
 2007FoPh...37.1563N
 Keywords:

 Quantum mechanics;
 Particle;
 Field;
 Reality;
 Nonlocality;
 Uncertainty relation;
 Randomness;
 Blackhole entropy;
 Quantum Physics;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
 High Energy Physics  Theory;
 Physics  Physics Education
 EPrint:
 51 pages, pedagogic review, revised, new references, to appear in Found. Phys