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By Hermann Weyl

It is a vitally important publication, written by means of the daddy of crew conception software in physics (with Wigner and Pauli), and the best mathematician of twentieth century, Hermann Weyl. every body who wishes examine a deeper view of quantum mechanics, in his intrinsic mathematical formula, may still learn this paintings. After a firt short creation to quantum idea, he passes to give an explanation for the idea of rapresentation of teams, and its actual software, just like the rotation team, or Lorentz workforce, and eventually the speculation of simmetry. it is a basic booklet for a great understandig of the significance of simmetries in sleek physics. with none doubt one the crucial paintings in quantum mechanics.

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All rights reserved. html THE SCHIZOPHRENIC ATOM 31 Think of a problem divided into 1,024 separate pieces and one person working on each piece. For the problem to be solved, the 1,024 people must communicate with each other and exchange results. This is what interference makes possible in a quantum computer. An important point worth making here is that, although superpositions are a fundamental feature of the microscopic world, it is a curious property of reality that they are never actually observed.

What is more, the places that are peppered by photons and the places that are avoided alternate, forming vertical stripes—exactly as in Young’s original experiment. But wait a minute! In Young’s experiment the dark and light Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 30 THE QUANTUM ZOO bands are caused by interference. And a fundamental feature of interference is that it involves the mingling of two sets of waves from the same source—the light from one slit with the light from the other slit.

Html 24 THE QUANTUM ZOO probability christened the wave function, informed a particle what to do, and not just a photon—any microscopic particle, from an atom to a constituent of an atom like an electron. There is a subtlety here. Physicists could make Schrödinger’s picture accord with reality only if the probability of finding a particle at any point was related to the square of the height of the probability wave at that point. In other words, if the probability wave at some point in space is twice as high as it is at another point in space, the particle is four times as likely to be found there than at the other place.

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