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Fury of the Quantum Fist Quantum mechanics will be our most powerful tool in the world of tomorrow For those of you that did not know this quantum mechanics is a physics system or theory using the assumption that energy exists in discrete units It is probably no exaggeration to say that quantum mechanics is the most successful scientific theory in history This has been a great success but in spite of the fact the origins of the quantum theory stretch back nearly a century it is only in recent years that the general public has become aware of the subject Indeed until a few years ago the very word quantum was almost unknown outside the scientific community Now books with quantum in the title are absurdly numerous The reason for this recent surge in interest can be traced to the truly strange nature of quantum mechanical ideas Quantum physics amounts to much more than a theory of atomic and subatomic processes it represents nothing less than a complete transformation of our world view Its quantum physics implications for the nature of reality and the relationship between observer and observed are both subtle and profound Barenco A description of the world in which an object can apparently be in more than one place at the same time in which a particle can penetrate a barrier without breaking it in which something can be both a wave and a particle and in which widely separated particles can cooperate in an almost psychic fashion is bound to be both thrilling and bemusing Niels Bohr one of the founders of the theory once remarked that anybody who is not shocked by quantum mechanics hasnt understood it For decades the complexity and incredibility of the quantum world was an obstacle to the theory being known outside the scientific community Then in the 1970s a number of writers recognized that the deep philosophical implications of quantum mechanics would be of
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