Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 18:09 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Ok, this one is just plain scary. "By combining quantum computation and quantum interrogation, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found an exotic way of determining an answer to an algorithm - without ever running the algorithm. Using an optical-based quantum computer, a research team led by physicist Paul Kwiat has presented the first demonstration of 'counterfactual computation', inferring information about an answer, even though the computer did not run." The research team published their results in Nature.
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That's one possible intuitive explanation of QM. However, not all interpretations require the wavefunction collapse.

Personally, I like to keep the intuitive part to a minimum and stick to the equations: What's wrong with probability patterns that just happen to match the wavefunction? We will probably need the String Theory to really explain what really is a photon/electron/etc. (In the mean time, I am hoping the LHC will be finished soon)

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