A Good Chance for the Cat’s Life: Erwin Schroedinger’s New Statistics and a Second Quantization Theory of Quantum

Author(s)
Salvo D’Agostino

ABSTRACT

In his paper on the Cat’s uncertain situation between life and death, S. intended to criticize the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and, conversely, to assert the consistency of his own wavelike view of the theory. His ideas contrasted with Heisenberg and Bohr’s positions, but also with Einstein’s attempt at a classically statistical interpretation of a quantum theory. His criticism therefore did not intend to discredit the whole Quantum Mechanics. In the fifties, he proposed a second quantization approach to a many particles state of the theory, which included his New Statistics. He asserted that the new approach modified some aspects of his famous 1926 equations. In my paper, I argue that S.’s new ideas in the fifties are related to his 1920 and 1926 contributions on rarified gas theory.

In his paper on the Cat’s uncertain situation between life and death, S. intended to criticize the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and, conversely, to assert the consistency of his own wavelike view of the theory. His ideas contrasted with Heisenberg and Bohr’s positions, but also with Einstein’s attempt at a classically statistical interpretation of a quantum theory. His criticism therefore did not intend to discredit the whole Quantum Mechanics. In the fifties, he proposed a second quantization approach to a many particles state of the theory, which included his New Statistics. He asserted that the new approach modified some aspects of his famous 1926 equations. In my paper, I argue that S.’s new ideas in the fifties are related to his 1920 and 1926 contributions on rarified gas theory.

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D’Agostino, S. (2015) A Good Chance for the Cat’s Life: Erwin Schroedinger’s New Statistics and a Second Quantization Theory of Quantum.*Advances in Historical Studies*, **4**, 1-7. doi: 10.4236/ahs.2015.41001.

D’Agostino, S. (2015) A Good Chance for the Cat’s Life: Erwin Schroedinger’s New Statistics and a Second Quantization Theory of Quantum.

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[1] Bertotti, B. (1987). Presentazione. Erwin Schrödinger. L’immagine del Mondo (p. 8). Borinhieri.

[2] D’Agostino, S. (1992). Continuity and Completeness in Physical Theory: S.’s Return to the Wave Interpretation of QM in the 1950’s. In M. Bitbol, & O. Darrigol (Eds.), Erwin Schrödinger. Philosophy and the Birth of QM (pp. 339-360). Gif-sur Yvette Cedex: Edition Frontières.

[3] Fine, A. (1986). The Shaky Game, Eintein’s Realism and the Quantum Theory (Chapter Five, pp. 64-85). Chicago: The Univ. of Chicago Press.

[4] Jammer, M. (1966). The Conceptual Development of Quantum Mechanics (p. 271). New York: Mc Grow-Hill Book Co.

[5] Pickering, A. (1984). Constructing Quarks. A Sociological History of Particle Physics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

[6] Schrödinger, E. (1929). NeueWege in der Physik. Elektrotechnische Zeitschr, 50, 15-16.

[7] Schrödinger, E. (1950). What is an Elementary Particle? Endevour, 9, 109-116.

[8] Schrödinger, E. (1952). Are There Quantum Jumps? School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

[9] Schroedinger, E. (1953). La signification de la Mecanique Ondulatoire. In Louis De Broglie, Physicien at Penseur (pp. 2-32). Collection Dirigée par André George Albin Michael.

[10] Trimmer, J. D. (1983). The Present Situation in Quantum Mechanics. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 124, 323-338.

[11] Wessels, L. (1983). Ervin Schroedinger and the Descriptive Tradition. In R. Arris et al. (Eds.), Springs of Scientific Creativity (pp. 254-278). Minneapolis.