Category Archives: Quantum foundations

General probabilistic theories and meta-theoretical knowledge

The vast body of scientific knowledge is a whole divided into three parts, or layers. The first falls under the name of empirical knowledge, and includes the descriptions and the results of all experiments ever attempted. The second part comprises … Continue reading

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Quantum Roundabout 2018

Quantum Roundabout 2018 was the fourth iteration of a series of dedicated conferences looking at foundational mathematical topics within quantum physics. The etymology of the conference stems from the so called “Magic Roundabout” on the outskirts of Swindon. This roundabout … Continue reading

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Why the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics is fantastic

Why many worlds? Quantum mechanics is often presented as being “our most successful theory ever”. Despite 100 years of stringent experimental tests it has never been proved wrong. It has been confirmed to an accuracy of 1 part in 1012 … Continue reading

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What does quantum mechanics tell us about reality? Part II

This blog post follows on from a previous post, “What does quantum mechanics tell us about reality”, in which I tried to give a balanced and non-technical overview of some of the interpretations of quantum mechanics. In this post I will … Continue reading

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A spectrum of resources: from hot to quantum

How much coal do I need to put into my steam engine to get to Glasgow? How efficient can I make my power station? What’s the best way to cool down a cup of tea? The fundamental answers to these … Continue reading

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What does quantum mechanics tell us about reality?

In this blog post I will introduce a core philosophical issue at the heart of quantum mechanics, and some of the most popular resolutions to this problem. This will be a non-technical introduction – I will try to avoid jargon … Continue reading

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Can we freeze something at room temperature? Yes, quantum coherence!

  Happy 2017 from the Quanta Rei team! We close the current year with a guest post from our former member, long-time friend and collaborator Dr Rosario Lo Franco |RLF>   From the dawn of agriculture until the industrial revolution, all … Continue reading

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