Okay guys …. forget what those strongly wedded to the present paradigm of science tell you about just how sure they are that there is nothing odd or weird about quantum physics, and that we stand at the pinnacle of scientific understanding with regards to the building-blocks of the “physical world” … the truth is far more exciting … and there is a group of radical new young physicists on the block who are less concerned with tenure and more concerned with facing the cou…nter-intuitive truths that modern physics research is telling us about the true nature of “reality”. Here is a lecture by one of these new iconoclasts, Terry Rudolph. I first came across the work of Rudolph in the final few pages of Louisa Gilder’s fantastic book “The Age of Entanglement” (If you have not read this yet, do so, it is brilliant). This quotes Rudolph: “When I was in junior high school, I sat down with Martin Gardner’s book “Relativity for the Millions” and came away with an understanding of the subject that sustains me even today. The concepts were strange to my everyday world, but they were clear enough that I could grasp them knowing little more mathematics and arithmetic. One should expect nothing less for a proper foundation of the quantum. Until we can explain the essence of the theory to a junior high school student – the essence, not the mathematics – and have them walk away with a deep, lasting memory, I will believe we will have not understood a thing about quantum foundations.” Great words from a great new mind ….. but what really interests me about Terry Rudolph is intimated in his opening comment about “Luke Skywalker”. It is clear that a handful in the audience get it , but for the general listener this will probably fly over their heads …. the reason for this comment is that just as Rudolph was about to leave Australia on completing his physics degree and embark upon a year of travelling the world his mother told him a family secret. It seems that his maternal Grandmother was an innocent twenty six year-old Irish Catholic who became pregnant with the child of a brilliant and much older man. Initially the daughter was given to the man as he had asked. However the young woman missed the baby so much that she snatched it from its nanny whilst on a walk in a Dublin park. She took the child to South Africa. The child was, of course, Rudolph’s mother ….. the much older man being a certain Erwin Schrödinger ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKGZDhQoR9E
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