Quantum mechanics – the dream stuff is made of

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Quantum mechanics challenges our imagination. It rules the microworld and lays the foundations for interpreting light from the sun, stars and galaxies, and to learn about the universe.

It enables accurate calculations of properties of atoms and molecules and tools for communication, computing and accurate timekeeping. It provides technological possibilities to investigate the strange predictions of quantum mechanics on interactions between light and matter, down to individual photons and particles.

The list of Nobel prizes is full of examples of how quantum mechanics has changed our understanding of the world and provided the basis for technology that we take for granted. It influences our everyday lives in many more ways than we are aware of.

I will join the March for science as a reminder of the interplay between curiosity and technology.

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