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#1 Hyperion

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 10:17 AM

I just read a good summary of Quantum Theory and its history that explained things in an way that is even if you didn't like Science in High School will make sense. It can be found
here. You may need to register to read it. If there is interest I could repost it here, but there might be some copyright implications.

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 11:35 AM

So, basically, does quantum physics say that when something happens - possibly even something that happens repeatedly - it is purely by chance that it has happened (or something like that)?

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 04:45 PM

Subtitile should read "about 100 years of uncertainty."

So, basically, does quantum physics say that when something happens - possibly even something that happens repeatedly - it is purely by chance that it has happened (or something like that)?

Something like that.

One can only ever calculate the probability that an observation will have a particular result. But if you're talking about macroscopic particles, the probability of the Newtonian thing happening (e.g. the moon being seen in the expexted spot) is absurdly close to one.

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