Science is an entertaining subject. Learning about the world around me is an engaging experience.

I discover the how and why of many different aspects of everyday life. Although it is easy to look at the world around me and observe how things work, in the science classroom, the reasons behind a common occurrence turn out to be more complex than they appear. Moreover, there are certain major theories of science that have yet to be proven. I find these hypotheses to be the most intriguing, because they are surrounded by doubt and disbelief. One such area that grabbed me is quantum mechanics. I had been in chemistry for a month now, and I noticed the problems I was dealing with were really just Algebra I problems in disguise. It was therefore even more of a shock for me when I walked into class and saw the words “Quantum Mechanics” on the board. Finally, I was in the presence of actual science. The words in front of me gave connotations of an advanced and complex subject matter. Just the sort of challenge my brain was craving to attack. That entire period was filled with startling revelations about the way the universe works. One forty-five minute period changed the way I perceived reality. Since kindergarten, there was always a concrete scientific reason for why something occurred. Quantum mechanics provided no reasoning. At its essence, the movement of electrons is unknown. I relished this mystery behind the particles responsible for the makeup of all matter. As opposed to the middle school theory of electrons moving in orbits (Bohr’s Model), they instead go in and out of existence, and probability is the closest mathematical calculation behind their movement. It was all the implications and doubt behind the very principle of uncertainty (Heisenberg) that led to millions of voices in my head shouting out endless questions. Was statistical probability be the reason for life?

Was I merely a statistic in the universe? Was free will an illusion? My single class period in chemistry could have been an entire year in philosophy. Schrödinger’s cat experiment, opened up a whole other realm. The experiment was simplistic in its construction yet sophisticated in its argument. It dealt with a cat residing in a box, and who’s fate would be determined by an alpha particle. I could not fathom the possibility of a state between life and death. Nevertheless, the cat would be suspended in this region, because of the uncertainty behind electrons. My mouth was wide open because of the great expanse of untapped scientific knowledge. Learning about quantum mechanics encouraged me to look into other big scientific principles such as relativity and string theory. When looking at these various topics, I notice that there seems to be a certain missing link between all of them that will unify everything into one big law of science. This solution tempts me as it does all scientists striving to find the one equation of the universe.

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