A primer on quantum mechanics and its interpretations
Abstract
All the concepts and principles necessary to understand quantum mechanics on an initial level are given in a form suitable for the nonexpert. The concepts explained include visualizing the wave function, waveparticle duality, the implications of Schrodinger's cat, probability, the uncertainty principle, collapse of the wave function, and others. However, because of the peculiar, nonintuitive nature of quantum mechanics, one must understand the potential interpretations of its mathematics before one can properly understand these concepts. Thus the paper is organized aorund interpretations, conceptual pictures that explain the peculiar properties of the theory. The only interpretation that currently satisfies all the constraints imposed by experiments and the theory itself makes use of a perceiving Mind which is outside the laws of quantum mechanics.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 January 2010
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1001.3080
 Bibcode:
 2010arXiv1001.3080B
 Keywords:

 Quantum Physics
 EPrint:
 36 pages main text, 17 pages appendices