Volume 2, Issue 1, pages 27-39
The double slit experiment suggests that particles combine characteristics of particles and characteristics of waves, and the act of observing or measuring a quantum system has an effect on the system. How that happens constitutes the measurement problem of quantum mechanics. As Richard Feynman was fond of saying, all of quantum mechanics can be gleamed from carefully thinking through the implications of this single experiment. There is another interpretation of quantum mechanics that has not been considered. When a quantum system is observed or measured, something else occurs simultaneously. Relativity, that is the specific point in time and space from which the observation or measurement occurs, is introduced into the quantum system. A dialectical interpretation of the double slit experiment suggests that particles and waves exist simultaneously in a state of superposition because a quantum system exists independently of relativity, that is independently of any specific point in time and space which is what separates the different quantum states. It is only when relativity is introduced into the quantum system, that is the particle’s state of existence at any specific point in time and space, that an observation can occur and the system collapses into one of the possible definite and measurable states. A dialectical interpretation of quantum mechanics is supported by replicating Schrodinger’s thought experiment which remains the defining benchmark for modern interpretations of quantum mechanics. Set theory and an analysis of quantum dialectics will explain the process or mechanism responsible for the wave function collapse.