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Down the rabbithole!

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2011 at 20:45

This blog is about the quantum world. And our journey into it will be filled with as many paradoxes and weird encounters as Alices`s trip to Wonderland.

About a hundred years ago some wierd and wonderful scientists concocted a theory that was to evolve into something looking more paradoxical and illogic than anything before it. Quantum Physics penetrates any or everything that exists. Our quest to uncover and learn about this new world has lead us from the very tips of our own noses to the deepest voids in the universe in search of answers.

In the following weeks we are going to take a look at this world and see if we can shed some light on this mindbending world of photons and electrons. Clearly something that has the power to give us both the xerox machine and the atomic bomb with only a few years apart has to have some potential.

To show you a little bit about how wierd this can be, lets see what happens when we cool down Helium so much it becomes a superliquid..

However, to make this more interesting we need to explain briefly what the quantum world is. Quantum stands for quanta, which means a certain amount of something, in this case matter and energy. When you feel the sun in your face one beautiful summers day, it is not constant rays of light that are hitting you. It is completely similar separated bits of matter and energy. So, everything is made up of small bits, called elementary particles. Everything from sunlight to mountains are made up of these small bits of energy and matter.

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