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Created by John Eipper on 02/23/18 3:11 PM

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The Wager... (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 02/23/18 3:11 pm)

I reply to Istvan Simon's challenge as follows:

First, let's see if I can come up with specific names of Quantum Physics researchers who might be willing to communicate with Istvan. I will try.

Regarding the wager, 20 years might be enough if we are betting that particle entanglement can be clearly demonstrated, so that Istvan will accept the evidence. Is that the bet? If the bet is the production of a Quantum Computer and Internet, we might need 50 years.

Whatever we bet on, under no circumstance can my wife know about it. She will be very mad at me and I will never hear the end of it.

JE comments: Your secret is safe with us, Tor!

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  • Quantum Entanglement: Online Lectures (Enrique Torner, USA 02/26/18 6:41 AM)
    I have followed with amusement the recent duel between WAIS scientists Tor Guimaraes and Istvan Simon.

    Quantum Mechanics is a science that only recently I have encountered, and I owe this to the best-selling novelist Dan Brown. He has written a couple of books in which this subject is a main theme, Angels and Demons being the one I know the best. However, my scientific knowledge is quite limited, and the language of quantum mechanics sounds like Chinese to me! Anyhow, curiosity got the best of me--as usual--and I decided to watch some lectures on quantum entanglement from The Great Courses. This was fascinating, but way too difficult for me to comprehend. Therefore, I thought I would share these lectures with WAISworld, so that those smart enough to understand this field, and interested in learning more about it, could watch the lectures.

    Here is a link to a lecture on entanglement from a course on Quantum Mechanics given by Dr. Benjamin Schumacher, one of America's top physicists, at The Great Courses. According to Wikipedia:

    "[Schumacher] discovered a way of interpreting quantum states as information. He came up with a way of compressing the information in a state, and storing the information in a smaller number of states. This is now known as Schumacher compression. This was the quantum analog of Shannon's noiseless coding theorem, and it helped to start the field known as quantum information theory.

    "Schumacher is also credited with inventing the term qubit along with William Wootters of Williams College, which is to quantum computation as a bit is to traditional computation."

    I am a member of The Great Courses Plus, and, for an annual fee, I have complete access to all the courses available there, which is a ton. Somehow, to my surprise, I realized that, by copying and pasting the url website address for one lecture onto my post, I gave you access to the whole course, so, if you are interested.  Enjoy!


    The following link will direct you to another lecture on entanglement that belongs to a course entitled "What Einstein Got Wrong," by Professor Dan Hooper, who is another outstanding scientist. Here is the biographical blurb included in The Great Courses guidebook that comes with the course:

    "Dan Hooper is a senior scientist and the head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). He is also an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Hooper received his PhD in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After receiving his PhD, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, where he was a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow and a Millard and Lee Alexander Fellow. He was later the David Schramm Fellow at Fermilab.

    "Dr. Hooper's research has focused on the interface between particle physics and cosmology, covering topics such as dark matter, dark energy, supersymmetry, neutrinos, extra dimensions, and ultra-high-energy cosmic rays. He has authored more than 200 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has given an even larger number of technical talks at scientific conferences and as university seminars and colloquia. Dr. Hooper is the author of 2 books written for nonscientists. His first book, Dark Cosmos: In Search of Our Universe's Missing Mass and Energy, is about the most perplexing topics in cosmology: dark matter and dark energy. His second book, Nature's Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force, is about the Large Hadron Collider and the theory known as supersymmetry. Nature's Blueprint was called 'essential reading' by New Scientist magazine.

    "In addition to many technical publications, Dr. Hooper has written for popular magazines such as Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. He gives many public lectures and is frequently called on by the media to comment on science news. Dr. Hooper's television appearances include "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman", the BBC's Horizon, BBC World News, and Space's Deepest Secrets, and he has been interviewed on NPR's Science Friday."

    Those smart enough to understand this scientific language--not I!--might be able to discern what these top quantum mechanics scientists have to say about entanglement. Here is the link to the lecture on entanglement, and to the whole course:


    I hope these videos help WAISer scientists deliberate on which of the two WAISers involved in the first-ever bet on WAISworld--Tor Guimaraes and Istvan Simon--is right, if any. Or maybe we'll have to wait 20 years to know the winner. However, I don't know who will still be in WAISworld, or even in the world of the living. But then, who knows? Maybe by then humanity might have discovered the method of being able to bilocate oneself.

    May the smartest of the two win!

    JE comments:  The links above do require a sign-in, but a free trial is available.  (My guess is Enrique's computer sends out "cookies" which enable him to bypass the firewalls and passwords.)

    Regarding The Wager, Tor Guimaraes is pulling out on principle.  Stay tuned.

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