When I was in college, I knew a professor who told the class quantum mechanics gave him nightmares. He said that, for a long time, he approached quantum mechanics as a strictly academic endeavor. However, there was a time when he finally began to understand the complexities and nuances of his studies on a deeper level. He said that it was difficult to think in terms of classical physics after that point.
Even something as simple as throwing a baseball with his nephew became an abstract thought experiment involving probability clouds and virtual particles. So, he gave up his formal studies in quantum physics and started up a manufacturing firm. He got rich and retired, but eventually came back to academia to teach Philosophy and Law.
I’m not smart enough to get really freaked out by quantum mechanics. I don’t think I could ever understand it in such a fundamental way. I do, however, appreciate the profound implications that arise from the mindbogglingly tiny underpinnings of our universe. Here’s a haiku about it. Enjoy.
emerges from a cloud of