'Peekaboo' Reveals Babies Understanding of Quantum Mechanics
Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer
Date: 06 June 2012 Time: 07:29 PM ET
Quantum mechanics, the bizarre set of rules that govern the behavior of elementary particles, is notoriously confounding. Even Albert Einstein winner of a Nobel Prize for his work in the field thought there was something dicey about the whole business. But then again, he was a grown man.
Einstein's chances of truly comprehending quantum mechanics dried up while he was still in diapers.
Newborn babies are the only people alive who intuitively understand quantum mechanics, says Seth Lloyd, an expert on quantum computing and professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At a panel discussion held Friday (June 1) at the fifth annual World Science Festival in New York, Lloyd discussed the strange behavior of the elementary particles, and why babies get it.
You heard it here first - Einstein more stupid than newborn baby.