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The Invisible Reality: The Wonderful Weirdness of the Quantum World

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Published on Aug 22, 2014

Proposed a century ago to better explain the mind-bending behavior of the smallest constituents of the universe, quantum theory has implications far beyond the atom. This rich set of laws has applications both practical and extraordinary — from the technology that has revolutionized modern life to the possibility of parallel worlds.

Our audience joined Alan Alda as he accompanied Brian Greene, Nobel Laureate William Phillips and other leading thinkers at the vanguard of quantum research on an accessible multimedia exploration of the astounding weirdness of the quantum world.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Original Program date: May 30, 2008
MODERATOR: Alan Alda
PARTICIPANTS: David Z. Albert, Brian Greene, Max Tegmark, William Phillips

Brian Greene Introduces quantum physics 00:14

A throw of the dice dance performance. 21:15

Participant Introductions. 22:54

Are probability waves real? 25:55

Brian Greene on the accuracy of quantum mechanics 37:30

Einstein says that nothing is random. 47:56

Quantum entanglement 51:10

Not enough information in the universe for a 400 bit quantum computer 01:09:41

Is there something missing from Quantum Physics? 01:22:15

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