posted on Jun, 13 2008 @ 10:54 AM
The book "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson (screamingly funny author, and a super-informative book) does a super job of
explaining the quantum realm, sorta like this:
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle--says that electrons are particles, but can be described in terms of waves. Once can know that path/speed that an
electron takes, or we can know where it is at a particular point in time, but we can't know both.
Even more funky? Attempts to measure path/speed will disturb the location, and vice versa.
So, the electron should be thought of as being "at once everywhere and nowhere" (quoting Dennis Overbye).
Another explanation I've heard regarding explaining the outright oddness of quantum physics (in a totally over-simplified way!) is that it may very
well be that a particle is "there" only when it's being observed.
I'm no physicist and have only the faintest grasp of quantum theory, but I find the subject absolutely fascinating and mind-blowing...groovy!
I should point out that my fascination with the "cat in the box" theory has resulted in the following: my red-point ragdoll kitty cat's official
name is "Erwin Schrodinger"..."Ernie" for short.