Is emergent quantum mechanics based on classical physics? – Science Weekly Podcast | science

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The 20th century was a golden one for science. Big Bang cosmology, the deciphering of the genetic code of life and of course Einstein’s general theory of relativity. But quantum mechanics was also born – a description of the world at the subatomic level – and unlike many other great achievements of the century, the strange world of quantum physics remains as mysterious today as it was a century ago. But what if the well-known classical physics shows strange quantum behavior? How would this change our view of the quantum world? And above all, what would tell us about the fundamental nature of reality?

To explore this and more, Ian Sample speaks to an advocate for an emerging theory of quantum mechanics, Gerard t’Hooft, Nobel Prize winner and professor emeritus of theoretical physics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. We give historical background and hear from Dr. Eleanor Knox from Kings College London. Finally, Professor Carlo Rovelli from the University of Aix Marseille offers an alternative, “relational” interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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