It is possible to describe an atom, an electron, or a photon as either a wave or a particle. In reality, they are both: a wave and a particle.
Schrödinger dreamed up a cat that, thanks to quantum physics, is both alive and dead. Einstein worried about spooky action at a distance. Now Google is trying to build a quantum computer and we can communicate secretly using quantum particles. This is not even a century of progress in quantum physics. It sounds like science fiction, but that's your job. We asked you to pick up the threads of this story and tell a new tale - and wow, you responded! The contest received over 400 entries. After careful deliberation by our panels of expert judges and a public vote to decide a People's Choice prize, we have four winning stories. We are delighted to present the winning stories to you along with some of the judges' comments, interviews with the authors and original artwork.
Vlatko is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore and Professor in Quantum Information at the University of Oxford, UK. His research ranges from the philosophical - what does quantum theory really mean? - to exploring applications for quantum effects in technology and even considering their possible role in biology. Vlatkoâ€™s writing has been published in magazines including Scientific American (read his 2011 cover feature â€œLiving in the Quantum Worldâ€ for more on the emerging field of quantum biology) and is the author of the book Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information