Shaking the Foundations: The Implications of Quantum Theory
The quantum view of the world departs from classical
assumptions in three main ways.
Determinism has given way to an emphasis on probabilities. We simply do not have
access to enough information to make deterministic predictions. And this is
widely held to be a feature of the world rather than an observational
limitation. See the Schrödinger Wave Equation and Heisenbergs Uncertainty
Reductionism has given way to a more holistic approach to physical systems. See the EPR Paradox.
Most basic of all, the classical assumptions of continuity
and divisibility (that between any two points there is an infinite number of
intermediate values) have given way to quantisation
- for certain physical quantities, the range of permissible values is severely
restricted. See collapsing atoms.
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Source: God, Humanity and the
Cosmos (T&T Clark, 1999)