But, as I grew older, the humanity around me interested me even more than physics did. It became more and more a puzzle to me that it was possible for humans to send a few humans to the moon and bring them back, but were were/are unable to solve basic problems here on earth. I started traveling a different road.
Turns out that the problems of humanity are not at all easy to solve. In fact, we are hell bent on making things worse.
It does not mean that my interest in physics has died out either. Which is why when Brian Greene came to campus, I was not going to miss that opportunity. Which is why when Scientific American has an essay about quantum communication, well, I had to read it.
I am not going to comment on the physics there. Because, well, I have no expertise to say anything meaningful. I am not even sure if I understood the nuances being discussed there.
But, there is something else that I want to comment about.
Consider the following names mentioned in that essay:
Consider this excerpt from that Scientific American essay:
While living in England in 2009, a young man named Hatim Salih read Noh’s paper and asked himself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” He had a degree in electronics but had taught himself quantum physics after reading a few popular books by Roger Penrose and attending seminars in York . A year later Salih returned to his native Sudan, where he marketed solar panels, and a friend invited him to be a visiting researcher at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. He did not have a PhD, but with a colleague there and two other theorists at Texas A&M University, he took “the logic of counterfactual communication to its natural conclusion.”Take a look at this photograph from that same piece:
Salih then founded a company, called Qubet Research, to monetize the idea.
Now, consider this photograph:
|Photo at the Fifth Solvay Conference, in 1927|
If only this current president and his minions understood that 2017 is not 1927.