Forward asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 2 months ago

Is the Quantum World only binary in nature?

I am only speaking abstractly. I may even be wrong in all these.

In the world of Quantum Physics, observation tends to collapse a system. In Schrödinger's famous cat experiment, the cat can either be dead or alive until observed. Observation also tends to show a sub atomic particle is either only a particle or wave.

Does this mean in the Quantum world, things are only binary in nature? Everything is either this OR that? Because if you were to examine all the quantum experiments, they will only collapse to one of two possibilities.

Using our own computers, can we create such a virtual world?

Is reality or existence also only binary in nature?


If the universe is only binary in nature, can we, using super computers, create our own universe?

Update 2:

In our super computer, we can create many tiny binary existence and put them together.

5 Answers

  • neb
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
    Favourite answer

    No, the quantum world is NOT binary in nature. Quantum systems can be in a superposition of many possibilities. There is no restriction on the number.

    The Schrödinger cat thought experiment is a superposition of only two states simply because of the setup of the problem.

    Quantum qubits are binary states by design to facilitate computation just as In non-quantum computers. Multiple qubits are in superpositions of 2^n possible states where n is the number of qubits.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I dare say nooooo !!!! ^_-

  • 2 months ago

    No, absolutely not. A wavefunction can collapse to one of many possibilities. An electron in an atom can be at any of an infinite number of locations. 

  • Dixon
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The quantum world is not binary but psychologically, humans like to understand things in terms of opposing pairs, ie binary descriptions (hot/cold, good/bad etc) thus many of the issues arising in QM are presented to the public in terms of binary outcomes. This is not different to any other topic being simplified for public consumption, eg foods are presented as healthy or unhealthy, rather than having a specific role within a balanced diet.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It has been put forth, by otherwise quite intelligent scientists and philosophers, that we may already be part of someone else's simulation:

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