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November 28, 2004

Why the quantum world is like roulette

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It's actually quite simple, notwithstanding all the confusion around the subject of quantum physics.

You don't have to understand quantum theory to use it in everyday life, just like you don't have to know a thing about cooking to enjoy great food.

In his 1967 book, "The Character of Physical Law," Richard Feynman famously wrote, "Nobody understands quantum mechanics."

True enough when he said it and probably even more so today.

All you need to know is that every possibility exists until one emerges.

Both in the quantum world and on a roulette wheel.

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Until the ball stops and one number and color emerge victorious.

There.

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That wasn't so hard, was it?

November 28, 2004 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


Comments

It's one of those counterintuitive things. I am more comfortable living in a universe where things happen because they can not because they are ordained or predestined. I'm just wild about atoms. By the way, who wrote Quantations?

Posted by: ScienceChic | Sep 14, 2005 1:38:13 PM

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