Something Deeply Hidden
Something Deeply Hidden

Something Deeply Hidden

Semiconductors, transistors, microchips, lasers, and computer memory all rely on quantum mechanics to function. (Location 98)

Essentially all of chemistry is a matter of applied quantum mechanics. (Location 99)

The French mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace pointed out a profound implication of the classical mechanics way of thinking. In principle, a vast intellect could know the state of literally every object in the universe, from which it could deduce everything that would happen in the future, as well as everything that had happened in the past. Laplace’s demon is a thought experiment, not a realistic project for an ambitious computer scientist, but the implications of the thought experiment are profound. Newtonian mechanics describes a deterministic, clockwork universe. (Location 265)

Even relativity, which was world-transforming in its own way, is a variety of classical mechanics rather than a replacement for it. Then along came quantum mechanics, and everything changed. (Location 272)