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Did Einstein believe in quantum mechanics?

Did Einstein believe in quantum mechanics?

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Einstein in 1947

Albert Einstein played a key role in the development of quantum mechanics, but he also had serious reservations about some of its key principles. In the early years of quantum mechanics, Einstein was a vocal critic of the theory, famously declaring that “God does not play dice with the universe.” And that; “if quantum mechanics were correct then the world would be crazy.”

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1-dimensional potential energy box (or infinite potential well)

Einstein became rather skeptical of the idea of entanglement!

Entanglement is a fundamental principle of quantum mechanics. Which describes the phenomenon where the properties of two or more particles become linked. Moreover, in such a way that the state of one particle cannot become described independently of the state of the other particle(s). Even when the particles become physically separated from each other.

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Schematic of a Mach–Zehnder interferometer
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Max Planck is considered the father of the quantum theory.
Hubble Space Telescope Director & Max Planck Institute for Astronomy Director Dr. Steven Beckwith

In entanglement, the properties of the particles, such as their spin, polarization, or position, become correlated in a way that is not possible in classical physics. This means that if one of the particles becomes observed and its properties are measured, the state of the other particle(s) is instantaneously affected, regardless of the distance between them.

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Wave functions of the electron in a hydrogen atom at different energy levels. Quantum mechanics cannot predict the exact location of a particle in space, only the probability of finding it at different locations.[1] The brighter areas represent a higher probability of finding the electron.

Entanglement has been experimentally verified in many different physical systems, including photons, electrons, and atoms. It is a crucial concept in the development of quantum computing and quantum cryptography. In addition, has profound implications for our understanding of the nature of reality and the structure of the universe.

Entanglement seemed to violate Einstein’s understanding of the nature of reality!

Einstein’s understanding was based on the idea that objects have definite properties even when they are not being observed.

In conclusion, despite his reservations, Einstein’s work in the early years of quantum mechanics helped lay the foundations for the theory, and his contributions to the field are still highly respected today.

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Did Einstein believe in quantum mechanics?