The Invisible Reality: The Wonderful Weirdness of the Quantum World

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Proposed a century ago to better explain the mind-bending behavior of the smallest constituents of the universe, quantum theory has implications far beyond the atom. This rich set of laws has applications both practical and extraordinary — from the technology that has revolutionized modern life to the possibility of parallel worlds.

Our audience joined Alan Alda as he accompanied Brian Greene, Nobel Laureate William Phillips and other leading thinkers at the vanguard of quantum research on an accessible multimedia exploration of the astounding weirdness of the quantum world.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Original Program date: May 30, 2008
PARTICIPANTS: David Z. Albert, Brian Greene, Max Tegmark, William Phillips

Brian Greene Introduces quantum physics 00:00

A throw of the dice dance performance. 21:15

Participant Introductions. 22:54

Are probability waves real? 25:55

Brian Greene on the accuracy of quantum mechanics 37:30

Einstein says that nothing is random. 47:56

Quantum entanglement 51:10

Not enough information in the universe for a 400 bit quantum computer 01:09:41

Is there something missing from Quantum Physics? 01:22:15

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3 years ago | [YT] | 122

Quill C. TM

After months of watching PBS spacetime videos, the algorithm sent me here. Does this mean I've leveled up or something?

5 months ago | [YT] | 140

Omar El Rifai

I could listen to them all day long, I can’t wrap up such a talk and say that we don’t have much time.

5 months ago | [YT] | 4

Jeffery Locke

I love learning so really enjoyed the video. Never acquired enough wealth for college but read every book I could get in hand and watch every lecture I can. Thank you.

3 months ago | [YT] | 11

First Last

Wow, when 90 minutes feels like 9....
I could have listened to another 3 hours of them talking. Fascinating stuff.

9 months ago | [YT] | 60

Dan Olympiadis

Why are we still trying to figure this out a hundred years later? We should be trying to figure out how the Borg use trans-warp conduits.

3 months ago | [YT] | 19

S Lingenfelter

I love that the panel is so polite and accepting of each other's views. They're very passionate about their own theories and open to debate without needing to disprove the others. I'm looking forward to experiencing the reality where this approach is common place in politics, government, religion and any discussion with varying perspectives.

5 years ago | [YT] | 314

Jerami Machado

I've always loved this narrator I've never seen him in an outlet like this though

1 month ago | [YT] | 3

clifford s mccoy

I tried my hand at Quantum Mechanics, found it too difficult so I turned to Auto Mechanics.

4 months ago | [YT] | 3

Tony Richard

I could listen to them all day long, I can’t wrap up such a talk and say that we don’t have much time.

4 months ago | [YT] | 2

Paul Grech

Aaaaaaargh you kidding me?! You owe me a brain. Mine ran off halfway through

5 months ago | [YT] | 6

blaise johnny

the great thing about videos like these is that an hour and a half feels like 10-20 min.

5 years ago | [YT] | 16

Hugo Salazar, Jr. / Salazar Productions

When Alan Alda burst out laughing at 23:41, I also burst out laughing in the most embarrassing Fan-Girl Laugh I could ever produce. Love you, Alan.

5 months ago | [YT] | 0

Benjamin Cordes

Great talk, it definitely got me fired up about quantum mechanics :-)

4 years ago | [YT] | 2

Toi Cop

When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.

4 months ago | [YT] | 20

K. Aundre Baker

Ever been prompted to remember something you can't remember doing at all with someone very familiar who remembers it like it was yesterday & even had tokens to prove?

3 months ago | [YT] | 4

Steven Murphy

Robin Williams Lol ... I miss that guy. Always trying to lift everyone's spirits.

5 years ago | [YT] | 59


Love Brian Greene. He explains things in a way that even the most unaware can understand.

3 years ago | [YT] | 3


Man, Greene sure gets milage out of that little cartoon of the double slit experiment. This is the third World Science Festival video I've seen him use it in just today.

7 months ago | [YT] | 1

Tom Kelso

Have not seen Alan Alda in a long time. Good to see he is still active.

3 months ago | [YT] | 0