Category Archives: Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Questions Inspire New Math

Quantum Questions Inspire New MathIn order to fully understand the quantum world, we may have to develop a new realm of mathematics.
Mathematics might be more of an environmental science than we realize. Even though it is a search for eternal truths, many mathematical concepts trace their origins to everyday experience. Astrology and architecture inspired Egyptians and Babylonians to develop geometry. The study of mechanics during the scientific revolution of the 17th century brought us calculus.

Remarkably, ideas from quantum theory turn out to carry tremendous mathematical power as well, even though we have little daily experience dealing with elementary particles. The bizarre world of quantum theory — where things can seem to be in two places at the same time and are subject to the laws of probability — not only represents a more fundamental description of nature than what preceded it, it also provides a rich context for modern mathematics. Could the logical structure of quantum theory, once fully understood and absorbed, inspire a new realm of mathematics that might be called “quantum mathematics”?

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Physicists investigate the structure of time…

Although in theory it may seem possible to divide time up into infinitely tiny intervals, the smallest physically meaningful interval of time is widely considered to be the Planck time, which is approximately 10-43 seconds. This ultimate limit means that it is not possible for two events to be separated by a time smaller than this.

Physicists investigate the structure of time, with implications for quantum mechanics and philosophy

Time Entanglement Raises Quantum Mysteries | Quanta Magazine

Time Entanglement Raises Quantum Mysteries | Quanta Magazine

Quantum Weirdness Now a Matter of Time Bizarre quantum bonds connect distinct moments in time, suggesting that quantum links — not space-time — constitute the fundamental structure of the universe.

Source: Time Entanglement Raises Quantum Mysteries | Quanta Magazine

Will Quantum Mechanics Swallow Relativity?

Will Quantum Mechanics Swallow Relativity?
The contest between gravity and quantum physics takes a new turn.

 

A Private View of Quantum Reality

Quantum theorist Christopher Fuchs explains how to solve the paradoxes of quantum mechanics. His price: physics gets personal.

 

The Quantum Fabric of Space-Time

From Quanta Magazine: “The Quantum Fabric of Space-Time: Interactive: What Is Space?