RICH MILLER ON GOVERNMENT
Move over, supercomputing. Quantum physics is here.
New state funding will be used to create a state-of-the-art quantum physics facility at U of I at Urbana-Champaign in hopes of bringing some of the best minds in the world to Illinois.
University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, Argonne National Laboratory Director Paul Kearns and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Provost Andreas Cangellaris touted new state government funding for a program that could be “even bigger than supercomputing” (Zimmer) and a “paradigm shift” in technology (Cangellaris).
What is this marvel? Quantum physics. It’s the study of subatomic particles that don’t behave in the way we understand “normal” physics. The particles do things like exist in two places simultaneously, move through what we would consider solid objects and change their form when observed. Google it. It’ll blow your mind.