Researchers Devise the First Experimental Test of Controversial, Confusing String Theory:
Duff said he was at a conference in Tasmania when a colleague presented some mathematical formulas describing entanglement of multiple quantum bits. The equations looked familiar. Upon returning home, Duff checked his notebooks from a few years earlier, and realized the formulas were the same as those he developed to use string theory to describe black holes.
This is completely unexpected, he said. There is no obvious reason why the insanely complex mathematics underlying string theory can also be used to predict the behavior of entangled quantum systems.
“This may be telling us something very deep about the world we live in, or it may be no more than a quirky coincidence,” he said.
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