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The Decline and Fall of Quantum Dualism

Alfred Landé
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 38, No. 2 (Jun., 1971), pp. 221-223
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/186780
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The Decline and Fall of Quantum Dualism
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Abstract

The Bohr-Heisenberg doctrine of wave-particle duality has been attacked in the past for its methodical defects, over-complication, internal contradictions, its positivistic phenomenalism, etc. The present investigation shows that duality, the doctrine of equivalence of the particle picture and the wave picture of matter, is untenable since its wave part leads to empirically wrong results in the relativistic domain, and violates the postulate of independence of the arbitrary choice of reference system in the non-relativistic realm. Therefore, when methodical objections were never quite conclusive, the physical failure of the duality idea seals its fate irrefutably, together with all its pseudo-philosophical implications.

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