quantum mechanics


a: quantum mechanics ~
b: oddsmaker


Think of quantum mechanics as an oddsmaker. You consult the theory, and it provides the odds of something definite happening. You ask, "Oddsmaker, what are the chances of finding this particle's location in this interval?" and the equations of the theory answer, "25 percent." Or "Oddsmaker, what are the chances of finding the particle's energy in this range?" and they answer, "50 percent."

Writer: Craig Callender
Date: Dec 26 2015 7:07 PM

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