Ahh… Quantum Mechanics.
Quantum Mechanics is not like regular mechanics on the macro level. Nope. See when you go through your life it wouldn’t be right if when you went to work, your boss suddenly appeared both in front of you and behind you at the same time berating you for being late and early at the same time (Or being in the office in three places at once while simultaneously drinking coffee, flirting with the secretary and surfing the net.) Of course there’s always the chance that you could show up at work and complete all your work in one day for all time but then there is the other probability that your workload quadrupled too. But that’s the thing, you couldn’t know what was really happening since everything is only a possibility of happening and nothing at all really ever happened except virtually. It also wouldn’t help to have two Mother-In-laws now would it, both on the phone and in your living room. How would it feel if you went out your door everyday and you stepped into a new neighborhood every time? Or if your drive to work were not a linear event but you had to travel every conceivable combinations of your route all at the same time even one that took you around the nearest galaxy and back. Even if that did happen you’d still end up in the same place. Don’t Panic (as the guide says) because quantum physics doesn’t affect the macro level, the relative largeness that we live in. Really, we have no idea how or why we don’t act like quantum particles since they are what we are made of. Imagine how cute electrons are. Aren’t they cute? Little fuzzy particles of probability. Just like my dog they can’t stay still for very long. That’s because quantum theory demands that we cannot know both the position and the velocity of an electron. We can measure the position fine but the velocity is never accurate, It’s a probability curve. It can be going this speed or that speed or some speed in between. We just don’t know. Or if we can measure its speed the position is a fuzzy probability. It is measured at a certain rate of speed but the darn thing could be here, there or on Uranus (which would be quite embarrassing to say the least!)
Things get weirder. Remember in my last post when I spoke about the churning of empty space? No. OK well empty space churns. Got it? That means that even in a vacuum, where there is conceivable nothing there, there really is something. Confused? Me too. Remember that people who study Quantum Physics, really smart people, still don’t really understand Quantum Physics either. Richard Feynman said, “Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, ‘But how can it be like that?’ because you will get ‘down the drain,’ into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that.”
(To be continued)
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Ahh… Quantum Mechanics.