Quantum physics requires imaginary numbers to explain reality

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Quantum physics requires imaginary numbers to explain reality
Theories based only on real numbers fail to explain the results of two new experiments
By Emily Conover, 20 HOURS AGO
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Imaginary numbers might seem like unicorns and goblins — interesting but irrelevant to reality.
But for describing matter at its roots, imaginary numbers turn out to be essential.
They seem to be woven into the fabric of quantum mechanics, the math describing
the realm of molecules, atoms and subatomic particles. A theory obeying the rules
of quantum physics needs imaginary numbers to describe the real world,
two new experiments suggest.
Quantum theory’s prominent use of complex numbers — sums of imaginary and real numbers —
was disconcerting to its founders, including physicist Erwin Schrödinger. “From the early days
of quantum theory, complex numbers were treated more as a mathematical convenience
than a fundamental building block,” says physicist Jingyun Fan of the Southern University
of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China.
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Dexter Sinister

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Imaginary numbers show up all over physics, not just in quantum theory. "Imaginary" is an unfortunate name for them, they're no more imaginary than an integer, it just reflects the state of knowledge at the time they were discovered. Analyzing any physical phenomenon that has both phase and amplitude will involve complex numbers.
 

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Imaginary numbers show up all over physics, not just in quantum theory. "Imaginary" is an unfortunate name for them, they're no more imaginary than an integer, it just reflects the state of knowledge at the time they were discovered. Analyzing any physical phenomenon that has both phase and amplitude will involve complex numbers.
Cosmic vacuum and the imaginary particles.
According to ''the theory of Ideal Gas'' (aka Cosmic vacuum) and
J.Charles law (1787) particles cannot have volume in the vacuum,
they must have geometrical form of circle / membrane: pi=3,14159 . . .
Geometric form ''Pi'' belongs to the real negative, virtual quantum
particle: (i^2=-1). We cannot reach the T=0K and we cannot reach
the thickness of these particles, but this does not deny their reality.
All chemical gas-particles were born from the initial, negative,
imaginary particles of ‘‘the Ideal Gas''.
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Talking about gas....................Questions by socratus about quantum physics and questions by french patriot about religion tend to keep me awake at night
about as much as why people can't seem to smell their own farts!
 

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Imaginary numbers could be needed to describe reality, new studies find
By Ben Turner published 3 days ago
If standard quantum theory holds up, imaginary numbers are critical.
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Imaginary numbers are necessary to accurately describe reality, two new studies have suggested.
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In fact, even the founders of quantum mechanics themselves thought that the implications of having
complex numbers in their equations was disquieting. In a letter to his friend Hendrik Lorentz,
physicist Erwin Schrödinger — the first person to introduce complex numbers into quantum theory,
with his quantum wave function (ψ) — wrote, "What is unpleasant here, and indeed directly
to be objected to, is the use of complex numbers. Ψ is surely fundamentally a real function."