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Quantum mechanics is one of the most ambitious and successful theories ever created by science.
It unifies thousands of separate theories under one roof to explain the basic building blocks of everything in the universe, with the exception of gravity, black holes, the big bang, dark energy, and dark matter; each one a major mystery in its own right.
It’s also incredibly accurate. Physicist Richard Feynman has compared the accuracy of its experimental predictions as equivalent to estimating the width of North America to within one hair’s breadth of accuracy…