The Schrödinger Wave Equation
The fundamental equation of quantum mechanics is the
Schrödinger Wave Equation - so-called because it takes a mathematical form
characteristic of classical wave equations. However,
the equation does not refer to physical waves but rather to probabilities, e.g.
the probability of finding an electron in one location rather than another.
The final outcome may be determinate (an electron in a particular location),
but the probability distribution of the possible outcomes has the mathematical
form of a wave. This peculiar feature of a very successful equation has led to
the intractable problem of how we should interpret the theory that emerged from
the quantum revolution. See Schrödingers Cat and the meaning of quantum theory.
Further discussion of the Schrödinger Wave Equation can be
found in John Polkinghornes largely non-technical book The Quantum World.
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Source: God, Humanity and the
Cosmos (T&T Clark, 1999)