WATCH: Quantum Mechanics, Reality, and The Physics of the Universe

6. 21. 14 by Jolene Creighton

Quantum mechanics is, well, it’s insane. Its implications are absolutely mind-blowing. For example, quantum mechanics tells us that, when no one is looking, a particle has near limitless potential. But when you measure it, the particle snaps to one position. How can such fantastic phenomenon be explained?  How do subatomic objects shed their quantum weirdness?

These questions are intriguing and interesting, but more than that, they are necessary. Quantum mechanics is an integral part of the way that our universe operates; as such, understanding it (and the mechanisms behind it) is necessary if one is to have a basic understanding of the way that our universe operates—of the beautiful physics that guides and governs us all.

In the video below, experts in the field of quantum mechanics, including David Z. Albert, Sean Carroll, Sheldon Goldstein, Ruediger Schack, and moderator Brian Greene discuss the history of quantum mechanics, current theories in the field, and what the future may hold. David Albert explains and defends dynamical collapse formulations, Sheldon Goldstein stands up for hidden variables, Sean Carroll promotes the many-worlds formulation, and Rüdiger Schack is in favor of QBism, a psi-epistemic approach. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this.

Watch: Quantum Physics and Reality

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