Category: Misc. Science, Violence
The intellectual adventure story of the "double-slit" experiment, showing how a sunbeam split into two paths first challenged our understanding of light and then the nature of reality itself - and continues to almost 200 years later.
Many of science's greatest minds have grappled with the simple yet elusive "double-slit" experiment. Thomas Young devised it in the early 1800s to show that light behaves like a wave, and in doing so opposed Isaac Newton. Nearly a century later, Albert Einstein showed that light comes in quanta, or particles, and the experiment became key to a fierce debate between Einstein and Niels Bohr over the nature of reality. Richard Feynman held that the double slit embodies the central mystery of the quantum world. Decade after decade, hypothesis after hypothesis, scientists have returned to this ingenious experiment to help them answer deeper and deeper questions about the fabric of the universe.
How can a single particle behave both like a particle and a wave? Does a particle exist before we look at it, or does the very act of looking create reality? Are there hidden aspects to reality missing from the orthodox view of quantum physics? Is there a place where the quantum world ends and the familiar classical world of our daily lives begins, and if so, can we find it? And if there's no such place, then does the universe split into two each time a particle goes through the double slit?
With his extraordinarily gifted eloquence, Anil Ananthaswamy travels around the world and through history, down to the smallest scales of physical reality we have yet fathomed. Through Two Doors at Once is the most fantastic voyage you can take.
00. Prologue: The Story of Nature Taunting Us
01. The Case of The Experiment with Two Holes: Richard Feynman Explains the Central Mystery
02. What Does It Mean ''To Be''?: The Road To Reality, From Copenhagen to Brussels
03. Between Reality and Perception: Doing the Double Slit, One Photon at a Time
04. From Sacred Texts: Revelations about Spooky Action at a Distance
05. To Erase or Not to Erase: Mountaintop Experiments Take Us to the Edge
06. Bohmian Rhapsody: Obvious Ontology Evolving the Obvious Way
07. Gravity Kills the Quantum Cat?: The Case for Adding Spacetime into the Mix