Real Quanta


Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr walk into the famous Hotel Métropole and sit down at the author’s table to discuss the state of quantum mechanics today.

Quantum mechanics seems to be just about as weird as physics can get. Particles that are waves. That can be in several places at once. That can be affected by what happens to each other when they are miles apart, not just close by. And Schrödinger’s cat that is both alive and dead until somebody looks at it.

They sound like stories from a distant, alien world. But nothing could be further from the truth. In Real Quanta, science journalist Martijn van Calmthout makes it crystal clear that quantum magic has now extended its scope way beyond isolated laboratories and complex experiments. The quantum has become real, perfectly normal. The strange thing is that we still pay so little attention to it. In contemporary 2016, Real Quanta pictures the physicists Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr sitting down at the famous Hotel Métropole in Brussels, where they had their legendary disputes about quantum mechanics, and taking stock of how their theories have developed since then.

About the Author

Martijn van Calmthout

Posted by Kendra on February 14, 2017
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Martijn van Calmthout

Martijn van Calmthout studied physics and is a science journalist for de Volkskrant newspaper, an expert on Einstein and mad about science, from early hominids to space exploration, from brains to swarming birds, from the smallest particles to 3D printers.