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B Pilot-wave is No More, Pilot-wave cracked by Bohr

  1. Oct 12, 2018 #1


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    Pilot wave Quantum Mechanics is doomed from recent experiments but wait there's more:


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  3. Oct 12, 2018 #2
    Interesting! I'll await responses from the professionals who know the technical details more thoroughly
  4. Oct 12, 2018 #3


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    I wouldn't pay any attention to Natalie Wolchover's nonsense physics journalism. Her first article on this was already bad. This merely compounds the error.
  5. Oct 12, 2018 #4


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    Journalists always like these stories of the grandson reprizing the grandfather's glory.

    There a similar story with the grandson of HG Wells who directed a movie version of the Time Machine story in 2002 with Guy Pearce. I liked it but not as much as the Rock Hudson version of 1963. However, they did have a cool librarian avatar:

    and I heard there's a TV version in the works:


    But I digress, back to the Pilot-wave....
  6. Oct 13, 2018 #5

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    Do you mean the Rod Taylor version of 1960, direceted by George Pal? Or did Rock Hudson make a third version?
  7. Oct 13, 2018 #6


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    Well, the oil-drop analogy goes not as far as to realize de Broglie Bohm theory (which would be a kind of "analogue computer" for Bohmian mechanics ;-)). That's no surprise to me. It's an interesting phenomenon of classical fluid mechanics, but that's it. It doesn't have the non-local structure of Bohmian mechanics, which is for non-relativistic QT equivalent to minimally interpreted QT (by construction). The Quanta Magazine is in general of some entertaining quality, but it seems not to be a reliable source on science. It's not too bad science journalism but not more!
  8. Oct 13, 2018 #7


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    Oops, I guess I’m living in an alternate timeline where Rock Hudson and Doris Day starred in the movie and not Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux. Yes the George Pal pre cgi era movie with all the cool stop action film work.
  9. Oct 14, 2018 #8
    In fairness the latter part of the article says exactly this. As far as the headline or jist of the article being misleading (or otherwise wrong), however, I can't say.

    Edit: I mean no one sanely doubted a theory that can't reproduce entanglement would fail as a description of the world, so in that sense the article sort of blows up a non-starter to exaggerated proportions just in order to tear it down again.
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