The Quantum Universe: Something Strange Is Afoot

Quantum physics is an integral part of human culture—one that explains almost everything. Learn more in this excerpt from “The Quantum Universe.”

Trees are machines able to take a supply of atoms and molecules, break them down and rearrange them into cooperating colonies composed of many trillions of individual parts. They do this using a molecule known as chlorophyll, composed of over a hundred carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms twisted into an intricate shape with a few magnesium and nitrogen atoms bolted on.
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