For years, quantum physics, and its computational component quantum computing, were the stuff scientists’ dreams were made of. Quantum mechanics, the study of all the spooky indefinite properties of subatomic particles, is more than theoretical of course; Scientists can observe and measure these properties. But the real-world applications for this research wasn’t always obvious. While quantum mechanics has revolutionized the field of computational chemistry, the commercial promise of, say, super-fast quantum computers has yet to be realized and may not be for decades.
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