Quantum Physics and Pesach Cleaning
                                                            Zvi Ben-Shalom

Today, while cleaning for Pesach, I had an epiphany where suddenly I understood the ramifications of a small part of quantum physics in so far as it impinged on my Pesach cleaning.

I don't know how many times I have read the book or sections of the book "The Cosmic Code" in order to try to introduce to my legal mind some scientific concepts regarding the development of classical physics into quantum physics. Each time I gained very little in understanding, but I have always been impressed by the magnitude of the subject and the genius of those mental giants such as Bohr, Einstein and many others, whose original ideas and the dialogue among them, led to the development of the now accepted theories known today as quantum physics.

During this period of Pesach cleaning, I have once again been perusing "The Cosmic Code" with the same furrowed brow. But today, as I was cleaning the library, something clicked and the light of understanding finally dawned on me.

To explain myself, I will have to say a word about quantum physics. According to this science, there is no objective reality of where and how an electron is traveling until we humans try to observe it. If you want to consider an electron a particle and devise an experiment for measuring particles, it will indeed be measurable as a particle. And if you think an electron is more like a wave, and devise a wave-measuring experiment to determine this, the electron will be found to be acting like a wave. As strange as this may sound, all of these are scientific facts which have been proven experimentally.

In Copenhagen in 1927, Niels Bohr and others debated the meaning to us of these facts as affects the world we see. They concluded, in what became known as the Copenhagen Interpretation, that this meant that nothing has any objective reality until it is observed.

I was cleaning the shelves in my library, going higher each time as I went towards the top of the library, when it hit me. I didn't have to clean any higher than the eye could see. Although using every day logic, my wife firmly believed that on each shelf and especially on the top of the library there existed a layer of dust, she did not realize, as I just did, that according to the Copenhagen Interpretation, this dust simply did not exist unless somebody climbed up high enough on a ladder to see it.

Well! There you are. I was going to do no such thing. Why make more work for myself by observing the top shelves, thereby causing a lot of dust to come into existence. And of course, this applies to many other places such as dark corners, underneath and in back of appliances and furniture, etc. etc. etc. There are countless examples of places like this; each one can use his own creativity to discover them----or rather, NOT to discover them because by then it would be too late.

I was very happy with this discovery and really intend to rely on it. But to tell the truth, I will only be able to do so when my wife is not home. That way, I won't have to explain to her the difficult theories of quantum physics.

Now, to be frank, in adopting my position, I had to ignore the critics of the Copenhagen Interpretation such as Einstein. But I had equally creditable sources to rely on.

I especially had to ignore the more current thinking on the Copenhagen Interpretation controversy which believes that it is indeed correct but only as to the micro-world, i.e., atomic particles, but as to the macro-world, the world that we actually see with the naked eye, there is an objective reality. But can't I choose to be loyal the original Copenhagen Interpretation?

Anyway, I am very pleased with myself with the quantum leap I made in understanding and applying to my life the theories of quantum physics.  Even if you don't understand what I have been saying, please feel free to accept this as dogma and adopt the results.