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Quantum Entanglement – illustrated

This is by far the most interesting of all natural phenomena, in my opinion, and unlocking the HOW in this bizarre situation could possibly get us into the distant future of science (ie, quantum computation/data transfer, faster than light travel or even teleportation). I’m fascinated by it, and wanted to share a great illustration! CAUTION: SCIENCE AHEAD! Quantum entanglement boggled Einstein, for good reason, because it makes no sense. The real question here is, how does the information about one particle get to the other particle, especially over long distances faster than the speed of light.

Scientists are working on a Bell experiment (a test of quantum mechanics principles) to send one half of an entangled pair to the space station, read more here: LiveScience article. I expect this to play out as the math predicts, which is that the pair will affect each other, even over distances larger than ever, but the question will become… “okay, so it’s true. Why and HOW and what now?” Scientists will need to theorize about the communication channel and how it exceeds the C barrier (speed of light). I say, lets make a communication device that will affect one half and then again in a manner like Morse Code so that we can communicate to places like Mars without any delays, even if its less information. You could have two pairs in the device that would allow for simultaneous back and forth and just need a program that translates information back to something useful. Seriously, this stuff is cool and the stuff of science fiction. Enough of my ramblings, see for yourself what happens:
Find out how quantum entanglement keeps particles linked even when widely separated, in this LiveScience infographic.
Source:LiveScience

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  1. Michael Pope
    April 9, 2013 at 10:38 am | #1

    I am currently reading a book called “The Victorian Internet”, which is about the rise of telegraphy, the first high-speed communications system. At the beginning of the book, the author mentions that there were persistent rumors – almost urban legends – in pre-telegraphic times about communications devices that worked over long distances. This was said to be a pair of needles mounted like compasses over a backplate with letters of the alphabet. When one needle was moved over a letter, the other would follow suit. Supposedly this was created by magnetizing the needles simultaneously with a lodestone, and supposedly the pairing would last forever. Cardinal Richelieu was said to have had a device, and a con artist attempted to sell one to Galileo, but was laughed off after he could not demonstrate that it worked. When I read about this device, I immediately thought of quantum entanglement, which operates the same way…

    • Eric
      April 9, 2013 at 10:48 am | #2

      Fascinating. Perhaps there is something deep within us that feels like this sort of communication should exist… or perhaps we’re all just dreamers and con men have been trying to take advantage of that. Of course, the Quantum mechanics math predicts this, which is the confusing part… God’s practical joke on our feeble minds?

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