Monday, November 14, 2016

explain quantum mechanics in 5 words or less






Don’t look : waves.
Look : particles.

 
(an answer to a challenge asked by Sean Carroll on Twitter,
originally posed by physicist John Wheeler)


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There is a lot to say about quantum mechanics, perhaps the most mysterious idea ever to be contemplated by human beings, but all we need is one simple (but hard to accept) fact: 

How the world appears when we look at it is very different from how it really is.


–Sean Carroll
The Particle at the End of the Universe -
The Hunt for the Higgs and the Discovery of a New World



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