Superstrings and the foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Gerard 't Hooft

Spinoza Institute
Utrecht University
Postbox 80.195, NL 3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The mysterious world of quantum mechanics is beyond human's daily experience. Can we understand such concepts as Hilbert space, tunneling, entanglement and so on, by our usual classical way? There is actually a no-go theorem for existence of a such classical interpretation of quantum mechanics. However it had been found that a deterministic cellular automaton model in one-space and one-time dimension, which processed only ones and zeros, can be mapped onto a quantum field theory on a 1+1 dimensional lattice. The natural system to apply all of this to is Superstring theory. This interpretation of uantum mechanics is called the cellular automaton (CA) interpretation.