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08-Quantum_Weirdness - Quantum Weirdness Biology190A...

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Quantum Weirdness Biology 190A Lecture 8 ‐‐‐ Prof. Steve Schneider Dept. of Astronomy
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Quantum Mechanics Everything in the universe is made of Everything in the universe is made of tiny discrete particles. These particles behave sometimes like waves, and their positions and motions can only be described in terms of probabilities. Quantum mechanics has well defined procedures to calculate anything connected with an experiment All its predictions have been shown to be correct All its predictions have been shown to be correct. It underlies all of our understanding of physics and chemistry. “Quantum mechanics together with our empirical Quantum mechanics, together with our empirical knowledge of chemistry, appears to provide us with a ‘foundation of certainty’ on which to build biology.” Francis Crick (1962 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine)
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