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‘Spooky Action at a Distance’ . .


. . is the English rendering of Einstein’s famous phrase spukhafte Fernwirkung; here’s an interesting discussion of what he mean by it and how best to translate it: ‘spooky’ or ‘ghostlly’ or ‘mystical’:

Andrew May: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a popular account of quantum entanglement that failed to mention Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” quote. That’s not surprising, because quantum mechanics is a notoriously difficult subject to communicate to the non-specialist. It needs all the memorable sound-bites it can get... especially ones that a layperson can relate to. If you saw an experiment in which an electron in one location seemed to know what another electron somewhere else was doing, then the word “spooky” might well spring to mind . .

And here’s TED cartoon:

Einstein's brilliant mistake: Entangled states - Chad Orzel

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