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Quantum Mechanics

Schrödinger’s Cat

In 1935 Schrodinger published an essay describing the conceptual problems in Quantum mechanics. A brief paragraph in this essay described the cat paradox: “One can even set up quite ridiculous cases. A cat is penned up in a steel chamber,...

/ November 23, 2011

Quantum Nonlocality

Quantum nonlocality is a paradox that was described first by Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen (EPR), who published the idea in 1935. The EPR paradox draws attention to a phenomenon predicted by quantum mechanics known as quantum entanglement, in which measurements...

/ November 23, 2011

Vacuum Fluctuations

How the Universe can come from Nothing: The following quotes address vacuum fluctuations and the idea that things – perhaps even the entire universe – can indeed arise from nothing via natural processes. Vacuum Fluctuations and Virtual Particles In the...

/ November 23, 2011

What is Quantum Mechanics?

Quantum mechanics is a branch of physics; it was developed between 1900 and 1930, and  it explains the behavior of sub-atomic particles, atoms, molecules and nuclei. Attempts to combine it with the general and special theory of relativity leads to...

/ November 8, 2011