On the microscopic quantum level, reality behaves quite differently than we are used to on the macroscopic level. This boggles our intuition:
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- Energy comes only in certain magic sized packets.
- It is not possible, even in theory to know both where an atom is and the speed at which it is moving.
- The position of an atom is not known until it is observed. I have yet to see a satisfactory definition of observed.
- You cannot predict what an individual atom will do, only the probabilities, but you can predict the probabilities with astounding precision.
- When electrons pass through a double slit, they form a wave interference pattern, not a pair of bars as you would expect.
- Electrons can tunnel through barriers — just appear on the other side.
- If two particles are in close proximity, ever after, no matter how far apart they are, measuring the spin of one will change the spin of the other.