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HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS ADVISORY PANEL. QUANTUM UNIVERSE COMMITTEE. What does “Quantum Universe” mean? To discover what the universe is. To discover what the universe is made of and how it works is the challenge of particle physics. “Quantum Universe” defines the quest to explain the universe in . The quantum universe. Journal of Molecular Strzwture (Theo&m), () Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam - Printed in The.

These are the results of the different interpretations of quantum physics. The interpretations all compete with each other. Otherwise respectable physicists can get quite heated about how sensible their pet interpretation is and how crazy all the others are. At the moment, there's about one new interpretation every three months, but most of them fit into these categories. The meaning of quantum physics is a bit of a taboo subject, but everyone thinks about it. To make it all a bit more respectable, it is better to say 'ontology' than 'meaning' -- it's the same thing. There are several competing interpretations and the one thing they all have in common is that each of them explains all the facts and predicts every experiment's outcome correctly. Copenhagen Interpretation CI This is the granddaddy of interpretations, championed by the formidable Niels Bohr of Copenhagen university. He browbeat all dissenters into submission with the notable exception of Einstein at a Brussels conference sponsored by a man called Solvay in Bohr thereby stifled the debate for a generation or two.

He then explores how these principles might be realized as part of a fundamental theory of nature, although he stops short of supplying details of the implementation.

Smolin concludes with the implications of all this for our understanding of space and time. He suggests that time is irreversible and fundamental, in the sense that the processes by which future events are produced from present ones are truly basic: they do not need to be explained in terms of more basic ideas.

Space, however, is different. He argues that it emerges from something deeper.

In my opinion, Smolin downplays the extraordinary success of this conservative approach. Despite the impression that Smolin gives, modern theoretical physics is thriving, with potentially revolutionary ideas about space and time emerging from a combination of the standard quantum mechanics and relativity theory taught in universities for generations.

Maybe the upheaval in physics that Smolin yearns for is simply unnecessary. To do that, he will need to present his ideas more rigorously than he could reasonably do in a popular book. There have been no surprises concerning the inner workings of atoms for some 20 years.

It is experimental results that will decide whether Smolin is correct, or whether he protests too much. He simply said that the Schroedinger equation does not collapse.

Of course, everyone laughed at him, because they could see that the photon, for example, was in just one place when they looked, not in all possible places. But after a couple of decades, this issue was resolved with the concept of decoherence - the idea that different universes can very quickly branch apart, so that there is very little relationship between them after a tiny fraction of a second.

This has led to what should strictly be called the 'post-Everett' Interpretation, but is still usually called MWI.

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It is now one of the most popular interpretations and has won some impromptu beauty contests at physics conferences. Unfortunately it means that billions of you are splitting off every fraction of a second into discrete universes and it implies that everything possible exists in one universe or another. This comes up with its own set of hard-to-digest concepts, such as the fact that a year-old you exists in some universes, whereas in others you died at birth.

It involved pointing a loaded gun at your head and pulling the trigger.

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Of course, you will only survive in those universes where the gun, for whatever reason, fails to go off. If you get a misfire every time, you can satisfy yourself -- with an arbitrarily high level of confidence -- that MWI is true. Of course, in most universes your family will be weeping at your funeral or possibly just shaking their heads and muttering.

It's dead in half the subsequent universes and alive in the other half. Pilot Waves, Hidden Variables and the Implicate Order David Bohm was a very brilliant physicist and that's why people went along with him when he came up with an elegant but more complicated theory to explain the same set of phenomena normally, more complicated theories are disqualified by the principle known as Ockham's Razor. Bohm's theory follows on some original insights by Prince Louis de Broglie , who first studied the wave-like properties of the behaviour of particles in De Broglie suggested that, in addition to the normal wavefunction of the Copenhagen Interpretation, there is a second wave that determines a precise position for the particle at any particular time.

In this theory, there is some 'hidden variable' that determines the precise position of the photon. Sadly, John von Neumann wrote a paper in proving that this theory was impossible.

Von Neumann was such a great mathematician that nobody bothered to check his maths until , when John Bell proved he'd bodged it and there could be hidden variables after all -- but only if particles could communicate faster than light this is called 'nonlocality'.

In Alain Aspect demonstrated that this superluminal signaling did appear to exist, although David Mermin then showed that you could not actually signal anything.

There is still some argument about whether this means very much. Bohm's theory was that the second wave was indeed faster than light, and moreover it did not get weaker with distance but instantly permeated the entire universe, acting as a guide for the movement of the photon. This is why it is called a 'pilot wave'. This theory explains the paradoxes of quantum physics perfectly.

But it introduces a new faster- than-light wave and some hidden mechanism for deciding where it goes -- to create an 'implicate order'. That's quite a lot of extra baggage, and scientists like to travel light. To those who have worked in technological institutions, it is blatantly obvious that research in the applied topics leads to better and more efficient models but that this is predicated by basic research. However well written, books seldom entirely fulfil the hopes of their authors but this volume is an exception.

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How unfortunate, therefore, it is to realise that in all probability this book will not be read by politicians or arts trained madarins in any great numbers.

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