A lot of difficulties aroused in interpreting Quantum Physics from its very beginnings up today. Here, we try to detect some of the reasons of such difficulties mainly in the lack of consciousness about the proper, and exclusive, nature of the theory, rigorously identified with its formal symbolism (first of all, the mathematical one). Due to this lack of consciousness, usually people try to grasp the theory's concepts by referring to a blend of ideas taken from other physical theories to which they, furthermore, add up pre-science and common sense schemes (we refer to "schemes" as for in cognitive psychology). We propose to rigorously keep to quantum mathematical formalism, in order to avoid misinterpretations of it, which especially arouse by connecting a quantum theory with classical physics' concepts in wrong ways, and by trying to interpret either quantum and classical physics' concepts by common sense's schemes. We maintain that - while the lasting existence of several theories (i.e. classical, statistical, and relativistic physics, besides quantum mechanics and the teory of quantum fields) asks for further research -nevertheless the addition to a quantum theory of any extraneous concept or common sense's scheme only stems from a misconception of such a theory, and of nature, scope and aims of science itself.

La lezione della fisica quantistica / G. Cavallini, M. Giliberti. - In: EPISTEMOLOGIA. - ISSN 0392-9760. - 31:2(2008), pp. 219-240.

La lezione della fisica quantistica

G. Cavallini;M. Giliberti
2008

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A lot of difficulties aroused in interpreting Quantum Physics from its very beginnings up today. Here, we try to detect some of the reasons of such difficulties mainly in the lack of consciousness about the proper, and exclusive, nature of the theory, rigorously identified with its formal symbolism (first of all, the mathematical one). Due to this lack of consciousness, usually people try to grasp the theory's concepts by referring to a blend of ideas taken from other physical theories to which they, furthermore, add up pre-science and common sense schemes (we refer to "schemes" as for in cognitive psychology). We propose to rigorously keep to quantum mathematical formalism, in order to avoid misinterpretations of it, which especially arouse by connecting a quantum theory with classical physics' concepts in wrong ways, and by trying to interpret either quantum and classical physics' concepts by common sense's schemes. We maintain that - while the lasting existence of several theories (i.e. classical, statistical, and relativistic physics, besides quantum mechanics and the teory of quantum fields) asks for further research -nevertheless the addition to a quantum theory of any extraneous concept or common sense's scheme only stems from a misconception of such a theory, and of nature, scope and aims of science itself.
Settore FIS/08 - Didattica e Storia della Fisica
Settore M-PED/01 - Pedagogia Generale e Sociale
EPISTEMOLOGIA
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