Foundations of Physics

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 405–417

The Principle Underlying Quantum Mechanics



The present article reports on the finding of the principle behind quantum mechanics. The principle, referred to as genuine fortuitousness, implies that the basic event, a click in a counter, comes without any cause and thus as a discontinuity in spacetime. From this principle, the formalism of quantum mechanics emerges with a radically new content, no longer dealing with things (atoms, particles, or fields) to be measured. Instead, quantum mechanics is recognized as the theory of distributions of uncaused clicks that form patterns laid down by spacetime symmetry and is thereby revealed as a subject of unexpected simplicity and beauty. The departure from usual quantum mechanics is strikingly borne out by the absence of Planck's constant from the theory. The elimination of indeterminate particles as cause for the clicks, which the principle of genuine fortuitousness implies, is analogous to the elimination of the ether implied by the principle of relativity.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Niels Bohr InstituteUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.NorditaCopenhagenDenmark

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