Ever wanted to unleash your inner quantum physicist? Of course you have! Thousands of people from around the world came together on the 30th of November to test what Einstein famously called “spooky action at a distance”.
Basically, Einstein’s ideas on local realism, which are one of the principles of quantum mechanics were put to the test in an experiment that took place on a global scale. In quantum mechanics, when particles are entangled, they will have an effect on each other, no matter how far apart they are, and that no particle has a distinct value until measured.
Getting Spooky Yet?
What that idea means is that even inanimate objects, like tables and chairs could ‘communicate’ with each other on an atomic level to and let each other know how to behave when, for example, we entered a room. The theory is marvelously explained at the website for the BIG Bell Test, which likens atoms to school children misbehaving in a classroom while the teacher is absent. When one student spots the teacher, they will immediately signal to the others that the teacher is on the way and that they should behave in a certain way when the teacher enters the room.
The BIG Bell Test – Were You a Bellster?
In order to test the ideas, the Bell inequality test was devised to measure whether information was indeed ‘spookily’ travelling between particles. The current BIG Bell test required a minimum of 30,000 volunteers to take part in the experiment to be able to generate enough random data to test out Bell’s inequality theory.
The game was simple – all ‘players’ had to do was choose between 1 and 0 in as random a sequence as possible. The data would be sent to 12 different labs around the world to allow scientists to complete the experiment.
Did you take part in the BIG Bell Test? Is it worthwhile examining particles at this sort of level and do you think that experiment like this will help uncover some of the unexplained mysteries of our planet?