The Invisible Reality: The Wonderful Weirdness of the Quantum World

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.

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


Great talk and forum discussion with a very interesting panel and ditto host.
What I found intriguing were the different interpretations of what is happening with a particle that is shot through a slit. According to Max Tegmark, a particle splits up into multiple versions of itself that all play out in parallel realities, which dismisses the interpretation of a probability wave Brian Greene speaks about in his initial talk as illusion. Max’s take kind of makes sense to me, but I would love to hear what Ascended Life would have to say about this ‘wonderful weirdness of the quantum world’.