A cannon ball is fired at a mountain. What will occur? Our intuition, and classical physics ala Newton, would say that the object will strike the mountain and bounce off… maybe roll down or something. Suffice to say, the mountain will not be taking any shit from said cannon ball.
On the other hand, if some matter on the quantum level (say, an electron) were to be shot at the mountain, we couldn’t actually say what would happen with any serious level of certainty.
Apparently when dealing with the macro world, things are deterministic, predictable and according to our intuition. At the same time, however, that which occurs on the quantum level (the bits which comprise the bits of the bits that makeup objects in our medium-sized world) is more of a game of probability.
According to a book I’m currently nosing through (Quantum Mechanics for Poets), if you were to shoot this electron at the mountain enough times, it would just pass right through the mountain. Furthermore, the only reason our cannon ball will strike the facade of the mountain 10 out of 10 times is because instead of the single ‘bit’ playing the dice of probability, it is more like a trillion-trillion-trillion of these bits connecting with the mountain face together. Sure, one…maybe two… maybe 100,000 of the bits which comprise the ball may be okay with passing straight through the mountain, the vast majority stop this from happening by bouncing off of it.
This book on quantum mechanics keeps saying that, it appears as if God is ‘Playing Dice with the Universe’.
Strange things. Little strange things which fundamentally constitute everything around us. Strange.