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One may also ask To derive the Moon but alas It's just there; it may only be shown consistent. A better question would be Which considerations we need That yield to a mathematician persistent That position and momentum cannot commute For the Moon would be in dispute, But that and Forces make Schroedinger's existant.


Small addition to ACuriousMind's great answer, in reply to some of the comments asking for a derivation of Schrödinger wave equation, using the results of Feynman's path integral formalism: (Note: not all steps can be included here, it would be too long to remain in the context of a forum-discussion-answer.) In the path integral formalism, each path is ...


Fundamental laws of physics cannot be derived (turtles all the way down and all that). However, they can be motivated in various ways. Direct experimental evidence aside, you can argue by analogy - in case of the Schrödinger equation, comparisons to Hamiltonian mechanics and the Hamilton-Jacobi equation, fluid dynamics, Brownian motion and optics have been ...


Be aware that a "mathematical derivation" of a physical principle is, in general, not possible. Mathematics does not concern the real world, we always need empirical input to decide which mathematical frameworks correspond to the real world. However, the Schrödinger equation can be seen arising naturally from classical mechanics through the process of ...


According to Richard Feynman in his lectures on Physics, volume 3, and paraphrased "The Schrodinger Equation Cannot be Derived". According to Feynman it was imagined by Schrodinger, and it just happens to provide the predictions of quantum behavior.


A fundamental postulate of QFT establishes that the theory admits a strongly continuous representation of (orthochronous proper) Poincaré group $\cal P$. A certain one-parameter subgroup of $\cal P$ describes time evolution (with respect to an inertial reference frame) which, as a consequence, turns out to be unitary since it is part of a larger unitary ...

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