May 1, 2023

Physicists identify new quantum state called “magic”

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It was Arthur C. Clarke who famously said that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” (although I’d argue that Jack Kirby and Jim Starlin rather perfected the idea). Now, a group of real-life scientists at the RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences in Japan have taken it a step further: by identifying a new quantum property to measure the weirdness of spacetime, and officially calling it “magic.” From the scientific paper “Probing chaos by magic monotones,” recently published in the journal Physical Review D:

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