Could An Incompleteness In Quantum Mechanics L…

Could An Incompleteness In Quantum Mechanics Lead To Our Next Scientific Revolution?

“But in the quantum Universe, this notion of relativistic causality isn’t as straightforward or universal as it would seem. There are many properties that a particle can have — such as its spin or polarization — that are fundamentally indeterminate until you make a measurement. Prior to observing the particle, or interacting with it in such a way that it’s forced to be in either one state or the other, it’s actually in a superposition of all possible outcomes.

Well, you can also take two quantum particles and entangle them, so that these very same quantum properties are linked between the two entangled particles. Whenever you interact with one member of the entangled pair, you not only gain information about which particular state it’s in, but also information about its entangled partner.”

One of the most important ideas in classical physics are those of locality and causality: that objects in close proximity can affect one another through the forces they exert on one another, which are limited by the speed of light. But quantum mechanics turns much of that on its head, where locality doesn’t appear to be a fundamental property of reality at all. Yet one of the most remarkable ideas of all out there conjectures that quantum gravity, which contains fundamental non-localities, could be described by variables that completely explain what we view as non-locality in standard quantum physics.

Could this be right? Lee Smolin is giving a talk on that today, and I’ll be live-blogging it as it happens. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event!