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 noun physics A
mathematical function that describes thepropagation of thequantum mechanical wave associated with aparticle (or system of particles), related to theprobability of finding the particle in a particular region ofspace .
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Because of the constant electon/postitron splitting and pairing, the wavefunction is very, very chaotic appearing.

He also generalized that the quantum wavefunction is not algorithmic.

Because of the constant electon/postitron splitting and pairing, the wavefunction is very, very chaotic appearing.

In the first slide of that lecture he points out that a wavefunction is not a physical observable (because otherwise the collapse of a wavefunction in an experiment would imply superliminal propagation of a physical object).

Most physicists particularly experimentalists are content to use the idea of wavefunction collapse as a calculational shortcut and go about the business of predicting and measuring the physical world, for which regular quantum theory works astoundingly well.

But according to quantum mechanics, the true state of the food could be a combination, known as a wavefunction, which takes the form (food) = a (salad) + b (steak), where a and b are some numerical coefficients.

To understand the term "wavefunction", please look at this Mandelbrot Set.

In quantum physics the atoms in a gas are described by a wavefunction which is a function of all the coordinates of the atoms, but which only specifies the probability of finding a particle in a given region at a given time.
Additional background material on the Nobel Prize in Physics 1996

Actually, that seems to be the point: if there’s a puppy, the wavefunction gets remixed whether or not the puppy makes a ruckus, whereas the wavefunction is the same if there is no puppy.

Actually, that seems to be the point: if there’s a puppy, the wavefunction gets remixed whether or not the puppy makes a ruckus, whereas the wavefunction is the same if there is no puppy.
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