Box , Tehran, Iran. The mechanism of selectivity in ion channels is still an open question in biology for more than half a century. Here, we suggest that quantum interference can be a solution to explain the selectivity mechanism in ion channels since interference happens between similar ions through the same size of ion channels. In this paper, we simulate two neighboring ion channels on a cell membrane with the famous double-slit experiment in physics to investigate whether there is any possibility of matter-wave interference of ions via movement through ion channels.
Our obtained decoherence timescales indicate that the quantum states of ions can only survive for short times, i. However, we discuss our results and raise few points, which increase the possibility of interference. Recently, the quantum world has opened up new perspectives in the field of complex systems and biology 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6.
Energy, charge, or information transfer are important phenomena in physical and biological systems taking place at scales ranging from atoms to large macro-molecular structures, and the idea has been put forward that quantum mechanics might have a positive effect on the efficiency of energy or charge transport in such systems. Energy transfer in photosynthetic structures 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , avian quantum compass in migratory birds 11 , and charge transport through DNA 12 are good examples in this context. The living cell is an information replicating and processing system that is replete with naturally-evolved nanomachines, which at some level may require a quantum mechanical description despite critical limitations for application of quantum theory in biology In this case, ion channels are good examples in living cells in which quantum effects may play a role 14 , 15 , 16 , 17 , 18 , 19 , They are proteins in the membrane of cells that can cooperate for the onset and propagation of electrical signals across membranes by providing a highly selective conduction of charges bound to ions through a channel like structure.
In fact, each ion channel is specialized for specific ions, e. This property is called selectivity and the important part of the ion channel, which is responsible for selectivity, is called selectivity filter. Numerous investigations of ion selectivity have been conducted over more than 50 years, yet the mechanisms whereby the channels select certain ions and reject others are not well understood The selectivity filter is a part of the protein forming a narrow tunnel inside the ion channel which is responsible for the selection process and fast conduction of ions across the membrane The 3.
The Carbonyl groups i. Left A representation of KcsA ion channel. Here, we would like to investigate the possibility of matter-wave interference of ions via passing the ion channels. Our paper is organized as follows: we first introduce our simulation for two neighboring ion channels as a double-slit and then briefly investigate the possibility of matter-wave interference through the slits. Then, we estimate the plausible distances between the ion channels to produce ionic interference. In the next step, we consider the effect of environmental decoherence on quantum states of ions inside and outside the slits, and accordingly we obtain the coherence lengths of ions for making interference.
Finally, we summarize and discuss our results. Feynman believed that we can see the whole mysteries of quantum theory in the double-slit experiment Basically, quantum physics is centered on microscopic phenomena with photons, electrons and atoms, however objects of increasing complexity have attracted a growing scientific interest recently. For example, the matter-wave interference has been investigated theoretically and experimentally confirmed for large molecules such as C 60 i.
Now the question is: are these effects applicable in biology, too? If yes, can such matter-wave effects play any role in biological functions? In this section, we would like to apply a simulation for quantum interference through neural ion channels. We expect to see quantum effects appearing due to small dimensions of the selectivity filter during the crossing of ions through ion channels. One of the quantum effects is the matter-wave interference of ions, which may show some quantum roots for action potential production in excitable cells e.
Here, we would like to obtain the velocity and consequently the de Broglie wavelength of ions i. In fact, our method see Supplementary Information is the same as what we used previously 17 , 20 but we use it here with higher cutoffs, i. Now, we simulate two neighboring ion channels on a neural cell membrane with a double-slit experiment see Fig. Left Ions passing through two neighboring ion channels on a cell membrane in a neuron, Right Simulation of two neighboring ion channels as a double-slit interferometer. Here, we consider potassium ions passing the KcsA ion channels by focusing on the selectivity filter structure.
As a matter of fact, ions act as wavepackets in the filter since they are trapped by carbonyl groups in the filter and consequently getting longer de Broglie wavelengths according to our MD simulation. To clarify the macroscopicity method, we first introduce the dimensionless form of the Schrodinger equation. This method is described in more details in ref. In the dimensionless regime, we introduce the characteristic parameters for length R 0 and energy U 0 as constant units of length and energy of a quantum system, respectively.
Since, U 0 acts like the kinetic energy of quantum system, the unit of momentum could be expressed as. Moreover, the potential energy and the Hamiltonian operators of the system can be defined in this regime as. Finally, the dimensionless Schrodinger equation can be written as. Also, the canonical commutator in the dimensionless form is , where defined as. So far, many studies have been done to investigate double-slit interference pattern of particles, atoms and molecules in experimental and theoretical contexts.
In some of these works, the incoming state in double-slit experiment has been described by Gaussian wave packets 35 , Our approach in this study is based on Gaussian wave packet as a simulation for potassium ions which move through two neighboring ion channels in two dimensions.
The use of Gaussian wave packet is sufficiently general, because it includes the limit case of plane waves. On the other hand, due to the development of experimental techniques, possible deviations from the standard form of the interference pattern can be better explained by Gaussian states 37 , 38 , As we mentioned above, the macroscopicity method is used for obtaining interference patterns by using a dimensionless form of the Schrodinger equation in which a new dimensionless parameter appears showing quantitatively the quantum behavior of the system.
We can define as see Supplementary Information. Strictly speaking, the situation in which one obtains , the system behaves quasi-classically. The values of between 0. For this purpose, we draw the interference patterns according to the equation Supplementary Information - 13 in which b is the width of selectivity filter, and d is a variable parameter similar to the real range of distances between ion channels for potassium ion.
Notice that we use dimensiomless form of b and d for drawing of the interference patterns. Based on our results, the macroscopicity measure, is approximately a threshold for the distances between the ion channels for interference. The values lower than are classical values that show the interference pattern cannot be formed.
The values from to are quantum values which makes the interference pattern possible. In the following section we will investigate the effect of biological environment on the quantum states of ions inside and outside of the selectivity filter. Then, we will obtain the coherence length of ions outside the selectivity filter. The biological system is a very noisy and hot environment for quantum states and therefore there is a serious problem against quantum interference.
Additionally, in most interferometers vibrations are important source of dephasing Based on quantum mechanics and the decoherence model, every system rapidly entangle with the surrounding environment, which causes dephasing of their quantum states. Now, the question is: how ions can keep their quantum states during the whole crossing mechanism through ion channels while they face environmental particles in the hot, wet and noisy environment of the cell? This is rather a big decoherence time from quantum mechanical point of view and consequently it is a fundamental problem against the matter-wave interference of ions in biological environment.
Despite the general controversial aspects of the decoherence model 41 , 43 , 44 we would like to use the standard approach to investigate the decoherence timescales to see how fast an ionic superposition becomes decohered as a consequence of vibrations and environmental scattering. Scattering with environmental particles is the most important reason of decoherence in every quantum system. Thus, we can rewrite the equation 5 in the following form.
In general, the evolution of a quantum system regarding the decoherence can be written in the form of. On the other side, we have a time-dependent relation for density matrix Thus, we should calculate the decoherence times inside and outside the selectivity filter according to the equation In this case, the decoherence time does not depend on the superposition distance. Assume that the selectivity filter is a cavity with volume V including N particles.
The ion is the system which can be scattered by the particles in the cavity. The results are shown in the Table 3. The results indicate that the decoherence time is around picoseconds i. However, we should also consider that the selectivity filter backbone has vibrations that means the above cavity is vibrating. As we mentioned before, one of the important sources of dephasing can be due to channels vibrations in biological temperature.
In fact, if ions are delocalized in the two channels then the vibrations of each channel can give random noise to the wave function and decohere it. We should notice here that the membrane fluctuations vary between 0. Therefore, at this scale the vibrations are not so effective.
Indeed, the ion channel creates a fluctuating potential and coupling to phonons will be likely to dephase the quantumness in the system. If a particular system—environment interaction leads to dissipation in the system, then the strength of the system—environment interaction is a measure of the relaxation time.
As the interaction strength decreases, the relaxation times become longer, and vice versa. The relation between the relaxation time and decoherence time for an object is Here, the filter considered as a cavity in which a few number of particles are present. The estimations for the relaxation times are shown in Table 3. It is seen that the relaxation times are mainly in order of nanoseconds but the decoherence times are in order of picoseconds.
The obtained decoherence time i. In the following subsection, we will obtain the decoherence times outside the channels. Basically each ion is bounded by eight water molecules outside the selectivity filter Thus, for the superposition state of the ion outside of the selectivity filter and regarding the delocalization of the ion between the two ion channels we should consider the Eq. The results indicate that the superposition states can only survive about 17—53 picoseconds.
In previous sections, we have obtained decoherence times of ions inside and outside the selectivity filter. It means that ions are trapped in the filter. In fact, the present obtained decoherence times in this paper are based on the classical MD simulation that ignores the quantum effects.
Regarding the ps decoherence timescales outside the filter, we should calculate the coherence length as well. Based on the data for both isolated and hydrated ions and their velocities outside the selectivity filter as well as their decoherence times see Table 4 we calculated the coherence length of ions,. The results indicate that the coherence length varies between 6. However, we should also compare the obtained coherence length with the mean free path MFP of ions regarding their collisions with water molecules around. The MFP is obtained as follows The obtained coherence lenghts and MFP are seen in the Table 5 in which the coherence lengths are close to the MFP, indicating that only one collision may change the direction of a superposed ion during the displacement of ions to the channels.
This result makes interference plausible outside the filter despite short decoherence timescales. In this paper, we investigated the possibility of quantum interference of ions through ion channels to see whether quantum interference can be the cause of selectivity in ion channels.
Regarding the selectivity property, the main question is: what properties make the ion channels so selective? A convincing theory has to explain how a channel can permit passage of a particular ion, while excluding all ions of smaller diameter, including some that are much smaller To answer this question we suggested that the matter-wave interference can be a solution for selectivity, since interference happens between similar ions regarding the same size of slits.
Additionally, quantum interference can make the transport of ions faster i. Here, we have investigated potassium ions passing the two neighboring KcsA ion channels via simulation with the physical double-slit experiment. Our results can be summerized as follows: 1 There is an estimated upper bound of 5. Despite the feasibility of coherence length outside the filter, our present estimations inside the filter indicate that quantum interference seems unlikely. We have discussed above that ions can be trapped and cooled in the filter based on our previous quantum simulation 19 , thus the decoherence time can be increased due to weaker scattering effects.
Each of these theories were experimentally tested numerous times and found to be an adequate approximation of nature. For instance, the theory of classical mechanics accurately describes the motion of objects, provided they are much larger than atoms and moving at much less than the speed of light.
These theories continue to be areas of active research today. Chaos theory , a remarkable aspect of classical mechanics was discovered in the 20th century, three centuries after the original formulation of classical mechanics by Isaac Newton — These central theories are important tools for research into more specialised topics, and any physicist, regardless of their specialisation, is expected to be literate in them.
These include classical mechanics , quantum mechanics , thermodynamics and statistical mechanics , electromagnetism , and special relativity. Classical physics includes the traditional branches and topics that were recognised and well-developed before the beginning of the 20th century— classical mechanics , acoustics , optics , thermodynamics , and electromagnetism. Classical mechanics is concerned with bodies acted on by forces and bodies in motion and may be divided into statics study of the forces on a body or bodies not subject to an acceleration , kinematics study of motion without regard to its causes , and dynamics study of motion and the forces that affect it ; mechanics may also be divided into solid mechanics and fluid mechanics known together as continuum mechanics , the latter include such branches as hydrostatics , hydrodynamics , aerodynamics , and pneumatics.
Acoustics is the study of how sound is produced, controlled, transmitted and received. Optics , the study of light , is concerned not only with visible light but also with infrared and ultraviolet radiation , which exhibit all of the phenomena of visible light except visibility, e. Heat is a form of energy , the internal energy possessed by the particles of which a substance is composed; thermodynamics deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy. Electricity and magnetism have been studied as a single branch of physics since the intimate connection between them was discovered in the early 19th century; an electric current gives rise to a magnetic field , and a changing magnetic field induces an electric current.
Electrostatics deals with electric charges at rest, electrodynamics with moving charges, and magnetostatics with magnetic poles at rest. Classical physics is generally concerned with matter and energy on the normal scale of observation, while much of modern physics is concerned with the behavior of matter and energy under extreme conditions or on a very large or very small scale.
For example, atomic and nuclear physics studies matter on the smallest scale at which chemical elements can be identified. The physics of elementary particles is on an even smaller scale since it is concerned with the most basic units of matter; this branch of physics is also known as high-energy physics because of the extremely high energies necessary to produce many types of particles in particle accelerators.
On this scale, ordinary, commonsensical notions of space, time, matter, and energy are no longer valid. The two chief theories of modern physics present a different picture of the concepts of space, time, and matter from that presented by classical physics. Classical mechanics approximates nature as continuous, while quantum theory is concerned with the discrete nature of many phenomena at the atomic and subatomic level and with the complementary aspects of particles and waves in the description of such phenomena.
The theory of relativity is concerned with the description of phenomena that take place in a frame of reference that is in motion with respect to an observer; the special theory of relativity is concerned with motion in the absence of gravitational fields and the general theory of relativity with motion and its connection with gravitation. Both quantum theory and the theory of relativity find applications in all areas of modern physics. While physics aims to discover universal laws, its theories lie in explicit domains of applicability. Loosely speaking, the laws of classical physics accurately describe systems whose important length scales are greater than the atomic scale and whose motions are much slower than the speed of light.
Outside of this domain, observations do not match predictions provided by classical mechanics. Albert Einstein contributed the framework of special relativity , which replaced notions of absolute time and space with spacetime and allowed an accurate description of systems whose components have speeds approaching the speed of light. Later, quantum field theory unified quantum mechanics and special relativity.
General relativity allowed for a dynamical, curved spacetime , with which highly massive systems and the large-scale structure of the universe can be well-described. General relativity has not yet been unified with the other fundamental descriptions; several candidate theories of quantum gravity are being developed. Mathematics provides a compact and exact language used to describe the order in nature.
This was noted and advocated by Pythagoras ,  Plato ,  Galileo ,  and Newton. Physics uses mathematics  to organise and formulate experimental results. From those results, precise or estimated solutions are obtained, quantitative results from which new predictions can be made and experimentally confirmed or negated. The results from physics experiments are numerical data, with their units of measure and estimates of the errors in the measurements. Technologies based on mathematics, like computation have made computational physics an active area of research.
Ontology is a prerequisite for physics, but not for mathematics. It means physics is ultimately concerned with descriptions of the real world, while mathematics is concerned with abstract patterns, even beyond the real world. Thus physics statements are synthetic, while mathematical statements are analytic. Mathematics contains hypotheses, while physics contains theories. Mathematics statements have to be only logically true, while predictions of physics statements must match observed and experimental data.
The distinction is clear-cut, but not always obvious. For example, mathematical physics is the application of mathematics in physics. Its methods are mathematical, but its subject is physical. Every mathematical statement used for solving has a hard-to-find physical meaning. The final mathematical solution has an easier-to-find meaning, because it is what the solver is looking for. Pure physics is a branch of fundamental science also called basic science.
Physics is also called "the fundamental science" because all branches of natural science like chemistry, astronomy, geology, and biology are constrained by laws of physics. For example, chemistry studies properties, structures, and reactions of matter chemistry's focus on the molecular and atomic scale distinguishes it from physics. Structures are formed because particles exert electrical forces on each other, properties include physical characteristics of given substances, and reactions are bound by laws of physics, like conservation of energy, mass, and charge.
Physics is applied in industries like engineering and medicine. Applied physics is a general term for physics research which is intended for a particular use. An applied physics curriculum usually contains a few classes in an applied discipline, like geology or electrical engineering. It usually differs from engineering in that an applied physicist may not be designing something in particular, but rather is using physics or conducting physics research with the aim of developing new technologies or solving a problem.
The approach is similar to that of applied mathematics. Applied physicists use physics in scientific research. For instance, people working on accelerator physics might seek to build better particle detectors for research in theoretical physics. Physics is used heavily in engineering. For example, statics , a subfield of mechanics , is used in the building of bridges and other static structures. The understanding and use of acoustics results in sound control and better concert halls; similarly, the use of optics creates better optical devices. An understanding of physics makes for more realistic flight simulators , video games , and movies, and is often critical in forensic investigations.
With the standard consensus that the laws of physics are universal and do not change with time, physics can be used to study things that would ordinarily be mired in uncertainty. For example, in the study of the origin of the earth , one can reasonably model earth's mass, temperature, and rate of rotation, as a function of time allowing one to extrapolate forward or backward in time and so predict future or prior events. It also allows for simulations in engineering that drastically speed up the development of a new technology.
But there is also considerable interdisciplinarity , so many other important fields are influenced by physics e. Physicists use the scientific method to test the validity of a physical theory. By using a methodical approach to compare the implications of a theory with the conclusions drawn from its related experiments and observations, physicists are better able to test the validity of a theory in a logical, unbiased, and repeatable way.
To that end, experiments are performed and observations are made in order to determine the validity or invalidity of the theory. A scientific law is a concise verbal or mathematical statement of a relation that expresses a fundamental principle of some theory, such as Newton's law of universal gravitation. Theorists seek to develop mathematical models that both agree with existing experiments and successfully predict future experimental results, while experimentalists devise and perform experiments to test theoretical predictions and explore new phenomena.
Although theory and experiment are developed separately, they strongly affect and depend upon each other. Progress in physics frequently comes about when experimental results defy explanation by existing theories, prompting intense focus on applicable modelling, and when new theories generate experimentally testable predictions , which inspire developing new experiments and often related equipment, possibly roping in some applied physicists to help build it. Physicists who work at the interplay of theory and experiment are called phenomenologists , who study complex phenomena observed in experiment and work to relate them to a fundamental theory.
Theoretical physics has historically taken inspiration from philosophy; electromagnetism was unified this way. Theorists invoke these ideas in hopes of solving particular problems with existing theories. They then explore the consequences of these ideas and work toward making testable predictions. Experimental physics expands, and is expanded by, engineering and technology. Experimental physicists involved in basic research design and perform experiments with equipment such as particle accelerators and lasers , whereas those involved in applied research often work in industry developing technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging MRI and transistors.
Feynman has noted that experimentalists may seek areas that have not been explored well by theorists. Physics covers a wide range of phenomena , from elementary particles such as quarks, neutrinos, and electrons to the largest superclusters of galaxies. Included in these phenomena are the most basic objects composing all other things.
Therefore, physics is sometimes called the " fundamental science ". Thus, physics aims to both connect the things observable to humans to root causes , and then connect these causes together. For example, the ancient Chinese observed that certain rocks lodestone and magnetite were attracted to one another by an invisible force. This effect was later called magnetism , which was first rigorously studied in the 17th century. But even before the Chinese discovered magnetism, the ancient Greeks knew of other objects such as amber , that when rubbed with fur would cause a similar invisible attraction between the two.
Thus, physics had come to understand two observations of nature in terms of some root cause electricity and magnetism.
However, further work in the 19th century revealed that these two forces were just two different aspects of one force— electromagnetism. This process of "unifying" forces continues today, and electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force are now considered to be two aspects of the electroweak interaction. Physics hopes to find an ultimate reason theory of everything for why nature is as it is see section Current research below for more information.
Contemporary research in physics can be broadly divided into nuclear and particle physics ; condensed matter physics ; atomic, molecular, and optical physics ; astrophysics ; and applied physics. Some physics departments also support physics education research and physics outreach. Since the 20th century, the individual fields of physics have become increasingly specialised, and today most physicists work in a single field for their entire careers. The major fields of physics, along with their subfields and the theories and concepts they employ, are shown in the following table.
Particle physics is the study of the elementary constituents of matter and energy and the interactions between them. The field is also called "high-energy physics" because many elementary particles do not occur naturally but are created only during high-energy collisions of other particles. Currently, the interactions of elementary particles and fields are described by the Standard Model. Nuclear physics is the field of physics that studies the constituents and interactions of atomic nuclei.
The most commonly known applications of nuclear physics are nuclear power generation and nuclear weapons technology, but the research has provided application in many fields, including those in nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging , ion implantation in materials engineering , and radiocarbon dating in geology and archaeology. Atomic , molecular , and optical physics AMO is the study of matter —matter and light —matter interactions on the scale of single atoms and molecules. The three areas are grouped together because of their interrelationships, the similarity of methods used, and the commonality of their relevant energy scales.
All three areas include both classical , semi-classical and quantum treatments; they can treat their subject from a microscopic view in contrast to a macroscopic view. Atomic physics studies the electron shells of atoms. Current research focuses on activities in quantum control, cooling and trapping of atoms and ions,    low-temperature collision dynamics and the effects of electron correlation on structure and dynamics.
Atomic physics is influenced by the nucleus see hyperfine splitting , but intra-nuclear phenomena such as fission and fusion are considered part of nuclear physics. Molecular physics focuses on multi-atomic structures and their internal and external interactions with matter and light. Optical physics is distinct from optics in that it tends to focus not on the control of classical light fields by macroscopic objects but on the fundamental properties of optical fields and their interactions with matter in the microscopic realm. Condensed matter physics is the field of physics that deals with the macroscopic physical properties of matter.
The most familiar examples of condensed phases are solids and liquids , which arise from the bonding by way of the electromagnetic force between atoms. Condensed matter physics is the largest field of contemporary physics. Historically, condensed matter physics grew out of solid-state physics , which is now considered one of its main subfields. Astrophysics and astronomy are the application of the theories and methods of physics to the study of stellar structure , stellar evolution , the origin of the Solar System, and related problems of cosmology.
Because astrophysics is a broad subject, astrophysicists typically apply many disciplines of physics, including mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear and particle physics, and atomic and molecular physics. The discovery by Karl Jansky in that radio signals were emitted by celestial bodies initiated the science of radio astronomy. Most recently, the frontiers of astronomy have been expanded by space exploration. Perturbations and interference from the earth's atmosphere make space-based observations necessary for infrared , ultraviolet , gamma-ray , and X-ray astronomy.
Physical cosmology is the study of the formation and evolution of the universe on its largest scales. Albert Einstein's theory of relativity plays a central role in all modern cosmological theories. In the early 20th century, Hubble 's discovery that the universe is expanding, as shown by the Hubble diagram , prompted rival explanations known as the steady state universe and the Big Bang. The Big Bang was confirmed by the success of Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the discovery of the cosmic microwave background in The Big Bang model rests on two theoretical pillars: Albert Einstein's general relativity and the cosmological principle.
Numerous possibilities and discoveries are anticipated to emerge from new data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope over the upcoming decade and vastly revise or clarify existing models of the universe. IBEX is already yielding new astrophysical discoveries: "No one knows what is creating the ENA energetic neutral atoms ribbon" along the termination shock of the solar wind , "but everyone agrees that it means the textbook picture of the heliosphere —in which the Solar System's enveloping pocket filled with the solar wind's charged particles is plowing through the onrushing 'galactic wind' of the interstellar medium in the shape of a comet—is wrong.
In condensed matter physics, an important unsolved theoretical problem is that of high-temperature superconductivity. In particle physics, the first pieces of experimental evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model have begun to appear. Foremost among these are indications that neutrinos have non-zero mass. These experimental results appear to have solved the long-standing solar neutrino problem , and the physics of massive neutrinos remains an area of active theoretical and experimental research.
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The Large Hadron Collider has already found the Higgs boson , but future research aims to prove or disprove the supersymmetry , which extends the Standard Model of particle physics. Research on the nature of the major mysteries of dark matter and dark energy is also currently ongoing. Theoretical attempts to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity into a single theory of quantum gravity , a program ongoing for over half a century, have not yet been decisively resolved.
The current leading candidates are M-theory , superstring theory and loop quantum gravity. Many astronomical and cosmological phenomena have yet to be satisfactorily explained, including the origin of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays , the baryon asymmetry , the accelerating expansion of the universe and the anomalous rotation rates of galaxies. Although much progress has been made in high-energy, quantum , and astronomical physics, many everyday phenomena involving complexity ,  chaos ,  or turbulence  are still poorly understood.
Complex problems that seem like they could be solved by a clever application of dynamics and mechanics remain unsolved; examples include the formation of sandpiles, nodes in trickling water, the shape of water droplets, mechanisms of surface tension catastrophes , and self-sorting in shaken heterogeneous collections. These complex phenomena have received growing attention since the s for several reasons, including the availability of modern mathematical methods and computers, which enabled complex systems to be modeled in new ways.
Complex physics has become part of increasingly interdisciplinary research, as exemplified by the study of turbulence in aerodynamics and the observation of pattern formation in biological systems. I am an old man now, and when I die and go to heaven there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics, and the other is the turbulent motion of fluids. And about the former I am rather optimistic.
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