The "Great Smoky Dragon" of quantum physics

10-03-2016 | Press release

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In the 1970s, the American physicist John Archibald Wheeler (1911–2008) metaphorically compared the fundamental indefiniteness of quantum mechanical phenomena with a “great smoky dragon”: One can see the tail, that is the source of the particles, and the head, which are the measurement results. But in between the whole body is covered in smoke.

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