Thursday, November 10, 2011

NOVA - PBS Video: 'The Fabric of the Cosmos - 'Quantum Leap' Airs Nov 16 '11

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NOVA - PBS VIDEO: 'The Fabric of the Cosmos - 'Quantum Leap' Airs Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 9/8C

Join Brian Greene on a wild ride into the weird realm of quantum physics, which governs the universe on the tiniest of scales. Greene brings quantum mechanics to life in a nightclub like no other, where objects pop in and out of existence, and things over here can affect others over there, instantaneously and without anything crossing the space between them. A century ago, during the initial shots in the quantum revolution, the best minds of a generation—including Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr—squared off in a battle for the soul of physics. How could the rules of the quantum world, which work so well to describe the behavior of individual atoms and their components, conflict so dramatically with the everyday rules that govern people, planets, and galaxies?

Quantum mechanics may be counter intuitive, but it's one of the most successful theories in the history of science, making predictions that have been confirmed to better than one part in a billion, while also launching the technological advances at the heart of modern life, like computers and cell phones. But even today, even with such profound successes, the debate still rages over what quantum mechanics implies for the true nature of reality.

Watch The Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap Preview on PBS. See more from NOVA.

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