Perimeter Institute: Einstein’s unfinished revolution

Physicist Lee Smolin explains why so many people find quantum physics confusing — even physicists.
By Daniel Kitts - Published on April 17, 2019
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In Lee Smolin’s latest book, Einstein's Unfinished Revolution, the theoretical physicist argues that quantum theory is incomplete. (Perimeter Institute)

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The way quantum physics describes the universe is so confusing it can be downright infuriating. How can light travel as a particle and a wave at the same time? How can two photons be connected even if they’re light years apart?

As Danish physicist Niels Bohr once wrote, “If you can think about quantum theory without getting dizzy, you don't get it.”

The Perimeter Institute’s Lee Smolin thinks he knows why the world of quantum physics is so confusing: there’s more to be discovered.

He discusses his ideas and his latest book, Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution, at a Perimeter Institute public lecture tonight at 7 p.m. If you can’t attend in person, you can watch a live stream of the talk here.

TVO.org is streaming the Perimeter Institute’s entire 2018-19 public lecture series.


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