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Schrödinger’s cat: the quantum world not so absurd after all?

Since Erwin Schrödinger’s famous 1935 cat thought experiment, physicists around the globe have tried to create large scale systems to test how the rules of quantum mechanics apply to everyday objects. Scientists have only managed to recreate quantum effects on much smaller scales, resulting in a nagging possibility that quantum mechanics, by itself, is not […]

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The (nuclear) alchemists of Darmstadt and the doubly magic tin-100 nucleus

An international group of researchers announced in the journal Nature that they had succeeded in creating tin-100.   This experiment helps us understand how heavy elements have formed.  A few minutes after the Big Bang the universe contained no other elements than the lightest; hydrogen and helium. We, the objects around us, the Earth and the […]

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Quantum Man: Richard Feynman

Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s life in science, by Lawrence M Krauss. W. W. Norton, London (2011), ISBN 978-0-393-06471-1. This book is remarkable for three reasons.  The first is the brilliance, character and originality of the physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman.  Second is the true star of the book; the incredible contribution made by Feynman […]

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