For my Einstein lecture today, I review the slow progress on my fourth book, My God, He Plays Dice! How Albert Einstein Invented Most of Quantum Mechanics.
I must admit that lecturing five times a week has taken a toll on my writing. A large part of the delay has been solving a number of technical problems in my iTV-Studio. My streaming equipment failed on some occasions and I had to manually upload backup files from those saved at CCTV, my local cable channel in Cambridge. I have now connected two video recorders in my studio, so I will have backups here for future failures.
I now have an earphone monitor that let’s me hear the levels when I play music or YouTube videos (and apologize for my early videos with distorted sound that was too loud).
Another impact on my time has been learning to manage the user interfaces for YouTube and Facebook, arranging my lectures in “playlists,” etc. I am trying to put my lectures on Apple Podcasts (and perhaps the new Google Play) but am only partly along that learning curve.
The good news is that improving my arguments for viewers, and especially my animations of quantum mysteries like entanglement, the two-slit experiment, and wave-function collapse, will help the arguments in my book.
But sadly, a printed book is really inadequate for explaining these difficult but critically important ideas. My web page on Einstein is my best tool.
Today I will continue to struggle with the probabilistic and statistical nature of quantum mechanics revealed by the two-slit experiment.
The quantum possibility field, calculated from the deterministically evolving Schrödinger equation, is a property of space. Like all fields, it exists whether or not there is a particle present. It only depends on the particle through the particle’s wavelength.
Experiments with one-slit and two-slits open, showing the possibilities field calculated from | ψ |2. The possibilities field for two slits open applies whichever slit the particle enters. It is a property of the boundary conditions for the space.
Following Einstein’s objective reality view that particles have paths even if they cannot be measured, we can now animate the above cases of one slit open or two. Note that with two slits open, the paths start from one slit or the other, distributing themselves randomly between the interference fringes.