Quantum Mechanics: If you haven’t been isolated from the world and the internet in recent years, you may have heard something or some term connected with the word “quantum”. Whether among the infamous coaches or among “treatments”, “cures” and “medicines”, the appropriation of the term that refers to Quantum Mechanics is quite widespread and has even reached food with “quantum nutrition” and, believe me, ” quantum salt”.
Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winning American physicist, once said that “no one understands Quantum Mechanics.” This quote, even if out of context (Feynman was a joke in presentation to other physicists), and which may even have some truth, shows that perhaps it is not necessary, for all people, to understand such Quantum Mechanics, but only know what this area of study is to avoid falling into eventual quackery or putting your life at risk with treatments without scientific proof.
But, after all, what is Quantum Mechanics?
Simply put, Quantum Mechanics is the area of physics that studies phenomena of atomic or subatomic dimensions. The big “problem”, so to speak, is that we are unable to relate these phenomena directly to our macroscopic experience, that is, what we experience with our senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, etc.).
For example, when someone kicks a soccer ball, a certain amount of energy is displaced from one point to another, but when we drop a rock into a pool or lake and form waves, those waves transmit energy differently through space. Now, when scientists try to observe amounts of subatomic energy moving around, they behave sometimes like particles (analogous to a soccer ball), sometimes like waves (like in a lake) and, in some situations, both!