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Quantum Physics

Updated on June 26, 2012

Traditional View of An Atom

Quantum Physics

Welcome to my new series on the weird and wonderful world of quantum physics please support this series and leave a comment if you enjoy it.

Hit the desk in font of you...go on! It seems solid, well it is solid. But probe more deeply and you start to encounter other worlds.

you were probably taught at school that your desk is made up of atoms and atoms are mostly empty space, in fact almost 99% empty space. The are empty in the same sense that as a hole carved in a wooden board by a fast moving propeller blade is empty, that it is easy for something small and fast to move through through but very difficult for something large and slow to do so.

By most standards atoms are small, however they are massive in the world of nuclear and particle physics. They are concerned with what goes on in a tiny volume of space far smaller than atoms in fact far smaller than the nuclei found at the centre of the atom. We call this the sub atomic world, This is what I want to Explore in this series.

Now Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Quantum physics, where we look at the smallest pieces of matter, the smallest volumes of space and the tiniest ticks of time, it is here that what can only be described as magic occurs. But trust me there is no sleight of hand here, this REALLY occurs all around us every day!

It is here we find that nature has a speed limit, time and space mix into a blur, particles separated by thousands of light years are entirely dependent upon each other and mass can turn into energy and energy into mass! This strange world will stretch your mind and question your concept of reality.

Basic Quantum Physics Video from BBC 2

Electron density Waves

Initial Reading

These rules are essentially a product of two of the greatest revolutions of the 20th century. Quantum mechanics (science of the very small) and Special Relativity (science of the very fast)

In order for you to get to grips with some of, quantum physics', experimental and theoretical outcomes. An understanding is required about the measurements, sizes, speeds and physical properties which are going to be discussed, because they are often very different from those you are useful. So please read the hub below first as it addresses this:

After reading the above you should check out the hub on Sub-Atomic particles, this will give you a basic knowledge of the particles we will be discussing and some interesting facts about them:

Finally after you have read these you are ready to get to some of the good stuff! I will sort out the Articles by Experiment, Famous theoretical physicists and Quantum Mechanics interpretations. be sure to come back regularly to see what new hubs have been added.


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Bohr and Einstein


Below are some really cool experiments and thought experiments which demonstrate quantum weirdness, they are all written for the average person with little science and mathematical knowledge.

(NB// I will be doing mathematical interpretations on these experiments and other theories soon so please check back)

Great physicists

Below are some of the great minds which made the discovery and development of quantum mechanics possible.

There are more to come so please pop back soon to check

Quantum Physics Fundamentals

Here you will find information on the fundamentals of Quantum physics or more specifically quantum mechanics, which will help you understand the concepts behind applications of quantum physics, such as quantum computing and cryptography.

Quantum Physics - Quantum Entanglement

Copenhagen Interpretation Cartoon

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Quantum mechanics Interpretations

These are due to be added soon and will feature the interpretations of quantum mechanics and what it means to reality, coming soon.

Further reading

Quantum Physics is a very big subject and understanding it all takes a lot of time and energy, however there are some great books, which will expand on the topics I have touched on see below for some great ideas.


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      6 years ago

      am new to this site but have been writing about particle physics since 1978 when the divine source of knowledge showed me the luminous movement of light that composes protons, electrons, and neutrons.

      Dipless: have been to Manchester several times from Los Angeles to visit a friend; now I have two friends who live there. signed by "objectory"

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      7 years ago from Manchester

      PM many thanks, glad you enjoyed it and you found it understandable. There are a lot of great writers out there as well, if you are interested in Physics check out Manna in the Wild, Biology Check out TFScientist and for Chemistry have a look at Chemistrybook.

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      7 years ago

      Great job, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. You were able to bring complex ideas to a simple understandable level. In fact I just made this account to this site to follow you, and to learn what else might be on here.

    • dipless profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Manchester

      @ TFS thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated.

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      Rhys Baker 

      7 years ago from Peterborough, UK

      Hilarious images to spice up what could have been a very dry topic. Concise and a wonderful anaolgy to start. Keep up the good work

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      7 years ago from Manchester

      @ Topquark - Thank you very much, that is my aim, looking forward to finishing off this series as i stopped writing for a while.

      @ss nesh - Thank you for your kind words, hope it is a nice intro and it gets people interested enough to read more.

      @ Green Lotus Thank you for that, looked through some of your hubs, really liked the one on Reiki

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      8 years ago from UK

      This is a great series of hubs, with a lot of rich, accurate content. Thank you for raising the bar for physics on hubpages.

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      ss sneh 

      9 years ago from the Incredible India!

      Hi! Fantastic way of introducing Quantum Mechanics to human minds influenced by common events occurring around them!

      Well...the question of table being solid or an illusion... it depends up on how you look at it.

      If you look at it with the "eyes of Einstein" you will find it as solid!

      If you look at it with the "eyes of Bohr" you may see it as appearing and disappearing... and fluctuating... and may even feel it as an illusion!

      It all depends on, as you say "on the ticks of time" that we take to observe it...

      or it depends on the "ticks of time" we hit on it.

      In the realm of quantum mechanics your head may pass through the table without damaging both! -- Thanks

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      9 years ago from Manchester

      Gratz on your hubbnuget. Thankks for the suppport glad you enjoyed it

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      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Excellent hub dipless! Very thorough and a great intro into a complex subject; a relative "one-stop shop" on the subject. BTW we are fellow Hubnugget hubbers! My recent hub on Psychic Games from IONS is up this week :)

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      10 years ago

      I love quantum physiscs stuffs and you are doing it great here. Got to spend the next few days to read and digest all your quantum hubs.

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      Raven King 

      10 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Why are scientists so interested in studying the big bang?

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      10 years ago from Manchester

      Ixxy thanks for the support. I know what you mean finding time to read is like finding gold dust ;) Glad to have you following it.

      I think i need to find my own proof reader :) Thanks again for spotting that!

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      10 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Very dense and useful information--I will be reading through this series as time allows. =)

      " Bu" missing a T in the first few sentences. ;)

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      Stacie L 

      10 years ago

      why do you IT guys always want to talk about Quantum Physics ,String Theory and the double slit theory? ;=)

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      Raven King 

      10 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Great hub. Do you think scientist might be able to communicate with the actual stars?

      I am kind wondering what kind of discoveries the scientists will find when they create a tiny star with numerous lasers.


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