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The renaissance of quantum physics

This year's Nobel prize in physics went to a field that is increasingly relevant to our lives

By Philip Ball  

(photo: Wylie Conlon)

There’s never been a better time to be a quantum physicist. The foundations of quantum theory were laid a century ago, but the subject is currently enjoying a renaissance. Modern experimental techniques make it possible to probe fundamental questions that were left hanging by the subject’s originators, such as Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrödinger and Werner Heisenberg. Now, we are not only grappling with the supposed weirdness of the quantum world, but also…

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