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We describe, and provide the quantum mechanical explanation of, a number of well-chosen illustrative modern (mostly optical) experiments that highlight the strange world of the quantum. The view of the world offered by quantum mechanics is shown to be counterintuitive and strikingly at odds with the common sense view of the world of everyday life and classical physics. We address in what sense these different points of view can be reconciled.
Christopher C. Gerry, Department of Physics, Lehman College, City University of New York,Kimberley M. Bruno, Vice Principal, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, Brooklyn, New York
Christopher Gerry is Professor of Physics at Lehman College, The City University of New York, where his areas of research include theoretical quantum optics, quantum information theory, quantum metrology and sensing, and group theoretical methods in quantum optics and quantum theory in general.
Kimberley Bruno is Vice Principal of Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, Brooklyn, New York.