The quantum mechanics mystery

So this month, the hot topic is about quantum mechanics. Perhaps a topic that doesn’t pop up to your mind directly when it comes to achieving goals to life and work from who you truely are. And yet, it has everything to do with it. First let’s see how quantum mechanics originated.

The German physicist Max Planck is seen as the founder of modern physics. Planck did research to discover the formula for the description of the continuous energy flow of an energy-emitting body. At one point Planck rejected the classic Newtonian principles and introduced a very new principle, which later resulted in the quantum theory.

Planck assumed that everything was made up of small particles, which he called quanta. Matter consists of quanta, but also that which holds material objects together. Energy is radiated in quanta. His discovery is seen by many as the beginning of modern physics. Albert Einstein advanced the assumptions of Max Planck on matter in a description of the reality and the photoelectric effect, which laid the foundations for the entire concept of quantum mechanics. A theory that he has ironically disputed for much of his working life.

There have been many scientists who have contributed to unraveling the mystery of particles. Niels Bohr said about quantum mechanics: “Anyone who is not shocked by the quantum theory has not understood it.” It is still a kind of mystery, which we want to understand much more. Lieven Scheire, a Belgium comedian, introduces us to the basic principles of quantum mechanics in a humorous way, please take a look at video on the right side of this article.

Even now scientists are still busy studying the functioning of the smallest particles. Several Dutch scientists make a prominent contribution to this. Such as Leo van Kouwenhoven, professor in Applied Physics specialized on the area of Quantum NanoScience in Delft, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. There is still a lot to discover.

Helma Lieberwerth
March 2019

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