2013 Apr

Quantum Physics and Our World

April 15, 2013

In the topic of Quantum Physics, the concept of wave-particle duality is discussed. Essentially, a wave can behave like a particle while a particle can behave like a wave. Imagine a billiard ball moving across the billiard table and approaching one of the side holes. Upon reaching the hole, it does not completely fall into the hole but glides across the hole like a water wave. Some parts of it enters the hole while other parts hit against the sides of the table and reflect backwards.

But this phenomenon does not happen in the world in which we make our observations. This is because an entity exist either as a wave or a particle at any one point in time, and not both. Upon interaction with other entities in its lifetime, the wave will have to “collapse” into a particular state, as a particle.

A few years ago, I was brought to a similar concept that the Buddha was trying to expound, and made the following conclusion: If a person reaches a enlightened state of mind, and he/she should able to look at the surroundings without observing it in his/her preconceived frame of mind or worldview, then the person should be able to see nature in its true form, in the wave state. This is because there is no interaction between this enlightened person and the environment. And in the wave state, no outcome has been determined as the wave has yet to “collapse” into a state.

Hence, the outcome of a particular moment (or our lives in general) has, mathematically, an extremely large number of possibilities, given the very large number of waves and particles that surround us each and every day. In short, our lives and what we can achieve during our lifetimes may not be pre-destined.


Any comments with regards to the my ‘small revelation’ with regards to Quantum Mechanics and our World? Would love to hear your thoughts. Alternatively, come along to our A Level Physics tuition tutorials and share your thoughts, especially when we run through the chapter!

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