Posted: Sep 15, 2011 12:07 am
by Teuton
Some think or thought that particles are ontologically reducible to wave packets.

"Schrödinger attempted to interpret corpuscles and particularly electrons, as wave packets. Although his formulae are entirely correct, his interpretation cannot be maintained, since on the one hand…the wave packets must in course of time become dissipated, and on the other hand the description of the interaction of two electrons as a collision of two wave packets in ordinary three-dimensional space lands us in grave difficulties."

(Born, Max. Atomic Physics. 8th ed. 1969. Reprint, Mineola, NY: Dover, 1989. p. 95)