Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Discovery Simplifies Quantum Physics

That's right ladies and gentlemen, quantum mechanics just got easier to understand. A team of physicists have released a paper showing their discovery of a jewel-like geometric structure that takes equations thousands of terms long and simplifies them to a single term. This discovery is poised to dramatically simplify the equations particle physicists use when calculating particle interactions, proposes the uncomfortable idea that space and time are not fundamental aspects of our reality, and brings us a giant leap forward to unifying gravity and quantum theory under one comprehensive model.

The discovery comes on the heels of decades of research into particle interactions. Particle interactions are some of the most basic and common events found in nature. Traditionally, these interactions have been very difficult to calculate, or completely impossible. Scientists required the use of the world's most powerful computers to calculate even the simplest interactions. This new geometric structure, called the amplituhedron, is so simple that a particle physicist could calculate these interactions on a single sheet of paper.

That, in case you were wondering, is insanely impressive. Harvard University theoretical physicist, Jacob Boujaily, and founder of this idea, said, "The degree of efficiency is mind-boggling. You can easily do, on paper, computations that were unfeasible even with a computer before."

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