There is something truly unique about modern science. Unlike the work achieved by its forefathers, most modern scientific theories are based entirely on suppositions made through math, which is actually quite shocking when you realize science is supposed to be anything but theoretical. Even the rules of gravity and electricity, two "invisible" things, had ways of being tested and proven in the real world. We now have a Law of Gravity and Four Laws of Electromagnetism because as ethereal as these two things are, they're nonetheless testable. Science, at its core, demands this. It lives and breathes off of controlled objective analysis. Without an experiment you might as well label it philosophy or mysticism because science is only science if the hypothesis presented can be experimented on. Period. No discussion. End of story.
Then, something happened. Something all the tests in the world simply could not explain. The happy partnership between the observable and the calculated suddenly ended. Math refused to conform to what reality demanded of it, and to solve this problem a scientist by the name of Max Planck did something different. He didn't try a new experiment. He didn't go back to the drawing board. He closed his eyes and threw out an equation, which worked. In other words, he didn't discover or prove a hypothesis. He invented a solution. A trick. A mathematical gimmick. Something later in life, he himself, called "an act of desperation," yet it was the antidote no one in a lab was able to find.
But the fun didn't stop there.
Not only has history officially proclaimed this event the birth-moment of Quantum Mechanics, it also happens to have been the first irreversible step towards a new world order, one where reality was to become subservient to math, which is precisely why Quantum Mechanics is so unbelievably strange - from the very beginning it never allowed reality. Reality as we know it gets in its way, the implications of which everyone seems to forget to mention. That is – Yes, Quantum Theory is incredibly accurate. Yes, it has found ways to explain practically everything (except how gravity would behave at the center of a black hole). Yes, after a hundred years of mathematical conjectures, predictions made using Quantum Mechanical computations are now being verified in the lab. Even so, at its most basic, Quantum Mechanics remains what it always has been - a theoretical tapestry on which scientists can map out an understanding of the world. It is NOT a definition or a description of the actual world. Much like latitude and longitude help explain where we are at any given moment, Quantum Mechanics helps humanity calculate the properties and positions of things sub-atomic. In other words, the cogs and wheels of Quantum Mechanics are not real. They are merely tools… Tools of the mind.
When you hear about things like electrons being both a wave and a particle, when you are told that nothing really exists in the Quantum World until we look at it, understand that these are merely ways which help us explain quantum behavior. They are not the brick and mortar from which the microcosmic world is built.
The reason I am bringing all this up is for one reason and one reason only. If you always remember that the monsters aren't real it's impossible for them to scare you, and now that we have entered the Quantum world this fact alone will prevent you from succumbing to the siren calls of utter confusion, which is something I did because I didn't know. I tried to rewire my head to make sense of it all.
Like a crazy, adorable uncle, give Quantum madness a big loving hug, and accept it for what it is. Just don't try to understand it.
Now that the gloves are off and our minds safe from the impending traps, we're ready for the prize fight.
Quantum Mechanics here we come.
Born in Malta to the son of a diplomat, Harry spent his life traveling from one side of the world to the other. After attending Brown University and Oxford where his studies primarily focused on philosophy with a slight bend towards science, Harry lived in Geneva working as a researcher then an assistant professor and later as an advisor to the U.N. Although Harry's primary job for the past few years is as an Attaché at D.N.T.'s Asian branch, he spends a lot of his time consulting for fiction writers on Marxism, Existentialism, and post-Newtonian physics. Harry now divides his time between Asia and his family home on Cape Cod.