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Is there any reason the Universe must have a wave function?

  1. Jul 28, 2008 #1
    I believe it does, but I'm having a debate with someone and I'm trying to prove why the universe must have a wave function. I was under impression the best equations for describing our universe involve it having it's own wave but he's asserting it doesn't need one. Can anyone help me?
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  3. Jul 29, 2008 #2
    An isolated physical system will have a wavefunction. So particle-in-a-box has a wavefunction. Now make it two-particles-in-a-box. The wavefunction of that system is distinct from that of the first system. Same goes for many-particles-a-box; distinct wavefunction from that of the previous two systems. Now let our isolated system be the universe. Therefore, by the same reasoning, the universe has a wavefunction.

    Disclaimer: I feel that decoherence makes the above argument invalid for macroscopic systems. Maybe someone else can shed some more light on this.
  4. Jul 29, 2008 #3


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    That depends on whether you think quantum mechanics is applicable to the universe or not.
  5. Jul 29, 2008 #4

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    The title of this thread is that same as the title of a thread in the Beyond the Standard Model forum. I have locked the thread here, and I have copied the posts in the thread here into the thread there. Any replies should be made there.
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