The parallel universes created in a quantum system is utter nonsense, BS. The quote, exact words, "If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics." For heaven’s sake there are new age people trying to manifest millions of dollars, while others are trying to manifest tables in front of their eyes because they think the universe is merely a human thought construction. What breaks the symmetry? Since I am an experimentalist, I am interested in experimental tests of the interpretations of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics deals with the study of particles at the atomic and subatomic levels. But I can't find anywhere that actually gives a source! If such a universe suddenly inflates, with space expanding faster than thermal equilibrium could be achieved, would the result be a state of low entropy? If you don’t observe it you get an interference pattern. Lecture 22 - Quantum Mechanics IV: Measurement Theory, States of Definite Energy Overview. This is absolutely Feynman. I found this http://archives.caltech.edu/search_catalog.cfm?results_file=Detail_View&recsPerPage=1&firstRecToShow=9&search_field=Richard%20Feynman%20blackboard&entry_type=Photo&photo_id=&cat_series= in contrast with the quote "What I cannot create, I do not understand." Quantum mechanics or the study of the micro-world states illustrates that what we think of reality is not so. Quantum mechanics - Quantum mechanics - Paradox of Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen: In 1935 Einstein and two other physicists in the United States, Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen, analyzed a thought experiment to measure position and momentum in a pair of interacting systems. Somewhere in Leonard Susskind's "The Theoretical Minimum" online lecture series he says something to the effect of "as my friend Dick Feynman used to say, 'physics is to sex as mathematics is to masturbation' - but I think he meant it in the sense that with physics, you're doing it with a partner". Quantum mechanics, it seems, forces you to give up on determinism and locality. Many outsiders figure that they don’t understand quantum theory because they can’t see how an object can be in two places at once, or how a particle can also be a wave. For now, Mark: action is also momentum multiplied by distance. The two goal posts are the speed of light, and things smaller than individual atoms. Prof. John Cramer, who developed the Transactional Interpretation, is building a retrocausal signalling system to test his ideas. http://library.fora.tv/2009/05/23/Marcus_Chown_in_Conversation_with_Fred_Watson, http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2011/02/15/is-relativity-hard/, http://videnskab.dk/teknologi/et-kvantebitte-spring-naermere-supercomputeren, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3ZRLllWgHI, http://archives.caltech.edu/search_catalog.cfm?results_file=Detail_View&recsPerPage=1&firstRecToShow=9&search_field=Richard%20Feynman%20blackboard&entry_type=Photo&photo_id=&cat_series=, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sAfUpGmnm4, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1tKEvN3DF0, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRmbwczTC6E, https://en.wikiquote.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Richard_Feynman&oldid=2896777, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Naturally, I’m giving the version I think is right. Traditional quantum mechanics says that a physical system doesn’t have definite properties until it’s observed — an act known as collapsing a wave function. On the other hand, I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics." No One Understands Quantum Mechanics? ", The source is indicated as 'QED: Photons -- Corpuscles of Light' in the this online comment, however I couldn't really find the exact source.137.250.86.102 19:39, 22 April 2014 (UTC), Its from here: lecture on Quantum Electrodynamics Though that someone could be me. 94.192.113.3 19:34, 31 December 2012 (UTC). The main sequence starts at “Basic Quantum Mechanics”: But if you spend some time with quantum mechanics, it’s not remotely as strange and weird as they say. The relevant question is, if the emergence of classicality can be understood on the basis of only quantum mechanics as it stands today (as in the case of thermodynamics from stochastic mechanics) or if there is some ingredient missing, something one would need to modify about quantum mechanics. Skimming them, almost all attribute it to him by name (the remaining few just say "as a famous physicist once said", etc. *sadface*. I couldn't reduce it to the freshman level. You simply have energy clouds. In quantum mechanics, the path of the particle is idealized totally in a different manner and the old quantum theory is just a toy model to understand the atomic hypothesis. is very very widely attributed to Feynman-- at the moment, a full-phrase exact match search on that in Google hits "about 16,500" pages. But really, this is tackling a different issue, and it is something that some time even physicists have mentioned, often to convey a message to the general public. Changing to match. They understand, for instance, that ... all efforts to understand quantum mechanics are doomed to fail. I think it’s much more interesting to live, not knowing, than to have answers which might be wrong.” If you can't explain something to a first year student, then you haven't really understood it. But now I have somewhere to point to if someone wants to know the basics. Because Feynman is known to have stated things that people find important, interesting, and often amusing. On a completely separate note, regarding the low entropy state of the early universe: might negative temperatures provide a clue? The quote is widely attributed to Feynman, based on that blackboard photo. It is shown how to extract the odds for getting different values of momentum from a generic wave function by writing it as a sum over functions of definite momentum. 3. Science, The Biggest Ideas in the Universe | 23. The term was coined by Max Born in 1924. So do not take the lecture too seriously, feeling that you really have to understand in terms of some model what I am going to describe, but just relax and enjoy it. In quantum mechanics, we can't solve the one-body problem, and with quantum electro dynamics, we don't even understand the vacuum anymore. Bell’s book (“Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics”) is essential reading. Employing conventional quantum mechanics, they obtained some … But now I have somewhere to point to if someone wants to know the basics. For both of these situations there are special rules, but the universe does not become irrational. The waves move freely according to the wave function in spacetime until they interact with a quantum pocket which would account as a measurement resulting in wave collapse – as all our detectors consist of atoms we can only detect these as particles at a specific location but they get there as a wave . Yet despite the successes of quantum theory, physicists have realised for some time that even quantum mechanics is not general enough to explain all of the physics we have observed in the universe. Now let’s take on the double slit experiment. We all know if you observer individual electrons or photons being shot one at a time at the double slit, you get two lines on the photographic plates corresponding to the two slits. To another universe! That means we really don't understand it. (All of this can be found in Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time'.) Thanks. IMHO you can envisage that a seismic wave moving from A to B doesn’t just shake the ground on some thin narrow line between those two points. I would say quantum fields are more fundamental. I could't hold myself - I believe this frase is Cicero's!! Until we have better information, the reference must stand, it's adequately supported. Now, DanStyer claimed in 2013 that the photo was taken in 1974, contradicting the source, but gave us no evidence other than his own claim and a date. Lecture 22 - Quantum Mechanics IV: Measurement Theory, States of Definite Energy Overview. ~ Achilles, To elaborate a bit. My five words: Multiple outcomes to single measurement. They may decide that if it works, why bother going any further? What to do? I suppose you can consider this as the "follow-up" to my original essay on why Quantum Mechanics is so difficult . But electrons and photons are not “probabilities”, they are clouds of energy. But I can find no evidence that he said the first sentence, so I'm removing it from the main page. If someone does the exact opposite, then he completely misunderstands quantum mechanics, instead of understanding it! Quantum physics can be intimidating, but if you keep these six key concepts in mind, you should be able to improve your understanding of it. Any help appreciated. Quantum mechanics explains how the universe works at a scale smaller than atoms. Funny: My kitten, Shrodinger had his vet visit on August 12th. “Most of the attempts to understand quantum mechanics involve trying to save some aspects of the old classical picture, such as particle trajectories,” says Brukner. Reply. Why do we quote Feynman, and not his mother, or his next door neighbor? But according to an increasingly popular analysis of quantum mechanics known as the “many worlds interpretation,” every fundamental event that … To "understand" quantum mechanics means to understand that all the statements that I made are right, why they are right, and to understand (that and) why all the statements made by Carroll are wrong. You don't like it..., go somewhere else! I think we will soon be able to, or are already able to, experimentally rule out some of the interpretations. So what happens if someone does the experiment and in the first instance the experimenter does not observe; but unknown to him a second experimenter has surreptitiously set up unseen observational equipment and is observing the individual particles being shot through the slits. http://lesswrong.com/lw/r8/and_the_winner_is_manyworlds/, I whish popular book writters like Sean would take a look at that series of articles. (Well, I was aware of them, but wasn't aware they pertained to nonlocality.) I've just heard a radio documentary featuring Chown quoting the letter as "Dear Mrs Chown, Ignore your son's attempts to teach you Physics. I cannot find any reliable source for it, providing at least a date of the speech. But in these experiments, there is still the issue of the random number generator used to select stimuli being entangled with the rest of the system. I think it is more intuitive that the wave function never actually collapses; you just end up with an amplitude probability so ridiculously high that it is classically considered 100%. The Two State Vector Formalism is retrocausal. Wave functions tend to oscillate in time between positive and negative, so it depends on the details of how the object evolves. Some physicists and philosophers, especially those seeking bestseller-hood, claim that quantum mechanics, if you squint at it from the right angle, can be spiritually consoling. He was also very sleepy when seeing himself on the homepage of google. Quantum mechanics explains how the universe works at a scale smaller than atoms. Transcript ... QM itself says nothing about anything but quantum (particle component) probable vector(s). A… Crucial to the development of the theory was new evidence indicating that light and matter have both wave and particle characteristics at the atomic and subatomic levels. 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