I am a curious speculative man
Ricardo López Llópiz
I wonder what relationship, if any, could Quantum Mechanics have with a Black Hole? I’m not a scientist, physicist or astronomer; but I am a curious speculative man. Talking about the weird world of quantum mechanics, about how quantum biology may be present in our evolution, quantum tunneling, Max Plank and the ultraviolet catastrophe, the uncertainty principle, the Copenhagen interpretation, the Schrödinger's Cat, antimatter and dark matter, the chats between Einstein and Gödel, the arguments amid Neil Bohr and Einstein’s, the idea that nature at its most fundamental level is governed by chance; were daily conversations between my friend Mario Palou and I. Now he is in a place probably beyond all that, or he may be part of all that. Are we insignificant? Does the explanation of it all escape us? Are we prepared for it? Is it all beyond our understanding? Are we part of the mystery or part of the explanation? What portion of the uncertainty do we play a role in? What share do we have in the infinitesimally small building blocks of matter, or in the outrageously big immensity of the Universe? Are we too arrogant, pretending to explain and assign meaning to everything? To paraphrase one of the founders of quantum mechanics Niels Bohr: “Everything we call real is made up of things that cannot be themselves regarded as real” We are part of a journey down into the strange, amazing and the bizarre until we die, without been able to understand how things could be in two places at once and fate dictated by chance. My friend Mario was fascinated about the ultraviolet light higher frequency controversy, about the light waves that became the photo electric particles effect and the quantum theory. Frequently we used to talk about the trajectory of thought at the begging of the 20th century, or the beginning of modern physics. All starting even before, from Newton and Laplace, from light waves, to particles and to quanta, explaining the photoelectrical effect and the Ultraviolet Catastrophe. Then the paradox of the nature of reality itself! While big social events, in Humanities’ insignificant scale started in the western world’s 20th century, a battle of changes in the world of physics eclipsed it all. Niels Bohr said: “Everything we call real is made of things we cannot call real” and the voice of reason, Albert Einstein then started a controversy about the reality of the quantum world that lasted decades. Then John Bell said: “Bohr was inconsistent, unclear, willfully obscure and right, Einstein was consistent, clear, down-to-earth and wrong” Particles behaving like waves and waves behaving like particles, even one electron at the time which is the signature wave pattern. Quantum mechanics, the crazy theory of light and matter contradiction, was embraced by humanity. The Quanta like God, will be everywhere at once until only by looking, we can invoke solid reality into its existence. As per Niels Bohr, things or quantum reality, can only get real when we measure or observe them. Then, Einstein used to say: Does the Moon cease to exist when we are not looking at it? Neil Bohr and Einstein argued about this quantum mechanics vs. reality issue for years. And then Einstein took hold of the “spooky” Entanglement Theory across space and time. He thought there was a simpler interpretation, that the destiny of the entangled particles was already fixed, and it’s just hidden from us. So, which is the true description of reality, Bohr’s coins which only become real when we look at them, or Einstein’s hidden globes boxes which are predetermined and hidden from us. Is there an objective reality or not? So, how to understand the nature of reality, the infinitesimally small, or immensely big? Is there a black hole or not? If I don’t look at it, is it there? was it there? John Bell may have proved with a deck of cards that reality is tricky; but it has an objective existence. Nevertheless, at the quantum level, is truly unknowable how two particles communicate with each other thru time and space. Although somehow all particles do. Neil Bohr was right, you can’t cheat nature, and quantum particles are only summoned into existence when we observe them. Is there a predictable, irreducible and Irreconcilable difference between the quantum reality and the reality of the infinite universe? Or are they both the same? If something suggests that the Moon does not exist if we are not looking, then is there a beginning? Is there an end? Maybe not, until we observe it! “All these 50 years of conscious brooding have brought me no nearer to the question – what are light quanta? Every Tom Dick and Harry thinks he knows it. But he is mistaken” A. E. DON’T STOP LOOKING! Keep looking up! Keep looking in for the truth!