Quantum Physics is Magic

9 Mar

“One memorable quote from Niels Bohr emerged after he had tried to explain quantum theory to a lecture room full of philosophers. He was amazed to find that all the philosophers sat there calmly and seemed to accept all the new ideas with nary a raise of the eyebrow.

“Anyone who is not shocked after his first acquaintance with quantum mechanics has not understood it in the least”, he said.

That is so true. Today I came across this page regarding the Elitzur-Vaidman bomb-testing problem. It made my brain explode.

Who needs religion when we have Quantum Physics? I mean… They just had a quantum computer solve a fucking problem without even RUNNING ANY PROGRAMS. That’s like getting puked on by a baby who hasn’t even been conceived yet:

Quantum computing without computing

What would happen if you powered up your computer and it gave you some results before opening any program? You would probably think that some kind of malware has infested your system. But with the optical quantum computer designed by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), this is now a reality. This quantum computer can find the answer to an algorithm without running it by using “counterfactual computation.” And if you think it’s bizarre, even the leader of the scientists’ team agrees with you:

“In a sense, it is the possibility that the algorithm could run which prevents the algorithm from running,” Kwiat said. “That is at the heartof quantum interrogation schemes, and to my mind, quantum mechanics doesn’t get any more mysterious than this.”

*runs around in circles screaming*

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6 Responses to “Quantum Physics is Magic”

  1. dura_luxe March 10, 2006 at 12:46 am #

    True True
    A few years ago a friend of mine said to me, “Quit reading all that philosophy. The answers to the universe are in physics.”
    Changed my life, yep it did.

  2. meanjunglist March 10, 2006 at 2:53 am #

    I think a robot just crapped on my head.

  3. blackdave March 10, 2006 at 2:38 pm #

    holy shit
    That makes no sense . . . and makes total sense . . . all at the same time.

  4. son_of_ottie March 10, 2006 at 4:46 pm #

    Quantum Physics ULE R!
    I just made that up! Is it funny?

    • bboyneko March 10, 2006 at 4:47 pm #

      It’s being funny is what prevents it from being funny in the first place. That is one of the mysteries of Quantum humor.

  5. heelee March 14, 2006 at 5:49 am #

    “That’s like getting puked on by a baby who hasn’t even been conceived yet”
    what a great analogy!

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