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Published: 08/14/2014 - 11:00am Type of Content: Book Chapters

On a bright, sunny day in Oxford, England, 10-year old Alice Dirac was a bit bored visiting her great, great, great grandmother Alice Liddell’s childhood home. She picked up a dusty old book about her namesake’s Adventures in Wonderland and soon nodded off.

The next thing she knew, Alice was awake outside the manor house watching a white rabbit disappear down a rather large rabbit hole...

Published: 02/24/2015 - 2:47pm Type of Content: Book Chapters

Alice couldn’t wait to get back to Quantumland. She’d spent the better part of the past week helping Mother host three teas and two garden parties in honor of her newly engaged sister Mary. Alice thought planning a wedding was pretty boring compared to scoping out a strange, cold world filled with odd creatures like talking atoms (the tiniest particles of matter).

At last, she was able...

Published: 08/14/2014 - 10:38am Type of Content: Book Chapters

Since the 1930s, descriptions of the behavior of atoms in the quantum world have been hidden inside complex Hamiltonians, mathematical symphonies of SU(N) symmetry (which also describe the subatomic zoo of quarks and leptons), and whispers of strange laws such as the Heisenburg Uncertainty Principle.  Naturally, virtually none of these quantum behaviors resemble anything we’re familiar...