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Wavefunction questionby dlgoff
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Dec1203, 02:49 PM

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There's an interesting thread on Conciousness in the
Metaphysics & Epistemology forum dealing with the collapse of wavefunctions. Can someone explain what collapsing a wave function means and how to visualize it? Thanks in advance. 


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Dec1203, 06:06 PM

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Think of a (Hilbert) complex vector space, where each state vector represents an equivalent wavefunction. According to von Neumann, the probability between unitary states is the projection, or collapse, of the one vector upon the other, always less than or equal to one. (Visualize the projection of a hypotenuse upon a leg.)



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Dec1303, 05:21 PM

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Thanks for the reply. I just finished watching some Feynman lectures and I'm probably not ready (know enough) to ask.



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