To accept quantum mechanics, you have to accept some pretty strange things: the idea that matter can be both a particle and a wave at once, for instance. Despite this, quantum mechanics has successfully predicted the result of every experiment we've thrown at it so far. But there's an alternative view, one that's a century old but still championed by its share of physicists: Bohmian mechanics, or pilot-wave theory. In this theory, particles are always particles and waves are always waves. Simple, right? Don't make up your mind yet — it definitely has its drawbacks.
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Written by Ashley Hamer May 1, 2017
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