We are star dust. We are atoms, molecules, particles and quarks. We are flesh and bone and hearts and minds. We are human and we live in a complex universe full of mystery. I am an artist, a writer and poet. I have many varied interests which mix in my brain and leads me to think some pretty interesting thoughts.
For years I have been curious about the universe at large and how it became to be. As I mentioned before, my mind is slanted toward the more creative side of the spectrum, but physics, especially quantum physics is a subject that intrigues me. I have read about a dozen books on the subject; ones that are written for the layperson like myself. Contained therein these books are concepts which are very difficult for my creative and whimsical mind to grasp. One of these is the subject of Entangled Particles.
Einstein, one of my heroes and an altogether fascinating and smart guy called the subject of entanglement “spooky action at a distance.”
“Inside the atom, electrons exist in orbits around the central nucleus. And just as the Earth spins daily on its axis while orbiting the sun, electrons also have spin. That Particles such as electrons can also become ‘entangled’, so that any measurement of the spin of one of them is correlated with the spin measured on the other – no matter how far apart they are! The ‘non-locality’ of this entanglement means two particles can be considered as a single object, even though they may be separated by some distance.”
To me, in my silly mind, this is not so much spooky as it is romantic….and it just gets better; no matter how far these entangled particles get from each other, they stay intertwined and behave as one, even on opposite ends of the universe; Star-crossed lovers if I’ve ever heard of them.
We humans are made up of these countless particles.
This makes me think of these two particles; together as one until one day out of the blue and from no doing of their own…they are split apart… just like that. And hurled into opposite ends of the universe. I know what you’re thinking; how tragic!
Isn’t that just the way. I have seen many romantic movies with the same plot. Boy meets girl and boy loses girl…just like that. These entangled ones are so “into each other” they keep acting the same no matter how far apart they get from each other. He may be in the jungles of South America and she may at her country estate on the moors of Wuthering Heights but they never forget how it was to be together and long for each other like crazy.
In the cold reality of space we know these entangled particles will never meet again but in the affairs of the heart we know that often love finds a way. So say a million billion trillion years pass and these entangled particles meet again somehow; would they recognize each other?
Ah…as Shakespeare would say; that’s the rub and this is my point….
Ever meet someone who you already knew? Someone you could fall into and float with forever? Maybe that’s why; it may be our particles recognize each other. Spooky? I say not….I say it’s a Quantum Romance.
Just a few thoughts from the mind of a “nutcase”
“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.”
****References and Related Articles****
Quantum Entanglement (wikipedia.org)
Spooky Action at a Distance (pbs.org)
Spooky Action at What Distance? [Uncertain Principles] (scienceblogs.com)
The first quantum entanglement of photons through space and time (wikileaks-forum.com)