The Secrets of Quantum Physics

Einstein's Nightmare

Series 1 - Episode 1 Einstein's Nightmare

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Review

Richard Feynman once remarked, "I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics." And he should know; he won the Nobel Prize for physics. So, with the pressure off, the less mathematical among us can relax and float along with this fine account of science's weirdest branch.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili previously touched on the subatomic realm in his brilliant 2007 series Atom. Here, he takes the subject to a deeper level, exploring how insights into light illuminated the true nature of reality, and how quantum theory clashed with Einstein's ideas.

Al-Khalili explains these mind-melting concepts as clearly as anyone. Just don't expect to learn why they work; that way madness lies.

Summary

Professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates the important yet perplexing theory of quantum physics, beginning with Albert Einstein's work which questioned the validity of the subject in the 1930s - with his ideas largely ignored until scientist John Bell found a way to test his concerns during the 1960s. The presenter then recreates this experiment - with shocking results.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Jim Al-Khalili
Director Tim Usborne
Executive Producer Paul Sen
Producer Tim Usborne
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