I realize there are not a lot of people interested in Quantum Mechanics but, in consideration of some of the giant strides being made in Quantum Field Theory, perhaps more people should pay attention. The truth is the advancements coming from this division of science are beginning to sound more like episodes from “Star Trek” rather than the hum-drum of intellectual conversation.
Quantum researchers have known for a long time electrons and photons can be so closely bound they share a quantum state-meaning each particle is influenced by the other particle even when the particles are separated by vast distances. As extraordinary as it may sound this means particles can communicate across the expanse of space. If, for example, you can change the spin or momentum on one particle then the same changes are reflected the in other particle instantaneously-even though the particles are separated by distances which can be measured in light years.
Adding to this extraordinary behavior of particles it now seems these same particles can transverse time which means it is now possible to send messages into the future by manipulating particles. Now there is a new thought for you. Imagine what this can do for cell phone technology? Maybe one day we can call our great, great Grandchildren and tell them how our generation stuck them with the bill.
All kidding aside quantum physics is literally opening up new and fantastic worlds for all of us to see. Not only do we now understand why elementary matter is so bizarre and unique we are now slowly learning how to use this knowledge of particles to understand how our universe was constructed and how our species came to be-and it goes without saying this is truly a giant leap for mankind.
In addition to time displacement quantum research suggests a wide range of uses including the encryption of massive amounts of information within the confines of only a couple of atoms. This capability alone will increase the speed of computing a thousand fold and allows for essentially limitless storage (RAM) within even the smallest of hand held devices. It could also help to provide Internet bandwidth measured in terabytes (1,000,000,000,000 bytes/second) rather than megabytes (1,000,000 bytes /second).
This new revolution, we now see happening in science, will undoubtedly have profound effects on mankind and the way we all live and do business in the future. Just imagine communicating into the future or carrying the sum of mankind’s knowledge in a gadget the size of a dime. Even though this new technology may sound unbelievable it is only the beginning of the human genius quantum mechanics will bring about.
As for the youth of our World I cannot imagine a better time to be getting an education. Certainly with those young people who can handle advanced math and the physical sciences, the sky is the limit. Not only will the pay and working conditions be great, those who get well educated can participate on the cutting-edge of science. What more could a young scientist ask for?
If you are young and considering a formal education here is a great quote from Jon Stewart to help guide you toward a successful future. You can interpret the words anyway you like but remember this; so long as you are able to be fascinated by learning new ideas it will be very hard to fail.
“Living in the limelight, the universal dream for those who wish to seem. Those who wish to be must put aside the alienation, get on with the fascination, the real relation, the underlying theme” — RUSH, “Limelight”; “And now, here it is, your moment of Zen.”
To me these words sum up the path to a better life. For those who can put aside the alienation and be fascinated with life then they shall be rewarded with success.