In the beginning was the bit

From New Scientist:

“NOBODY understands quantum mechanics,” lamented Richard Feynman. But Anton Zeilinger at the University of Vienna aims to prove him wrong. His research group has demonstrated the futuristic phenomena of quantum teleportation and quantum encryption, and these successes have encouraged Zeilinger to search for the essence of quantum mechanics–the irreducible kernel from which everything else flows. He believes that he has found it. If he is right, all the mysteries of the quantum world will turn out to be inescapable consequences of a single, simple idea.

To the question, “Why does the world appear to be quantised?” Zeilinger replies, “Because information about the world is quantised.”

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One response to “In the beginning was the bit

  1. Just need to get policy people to see how fundamental information is to everything.

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