Carver Mead

American computer scientist

Carver Andress Mead (born 1 May 1934) is a US scientist and engineer.

Carver Mead in 2005


  • Listen to the technology; find out what it's telling you.
  • The quantum world is a world of waves, not particles. So we have to think of electron waves and proton waves and so on. Matter is 'incoherent' when all its waves have a different wavelength, implying a different momentum. On the other hand, if you take a pure quantum system – the electrons in a superconducting magnet, or the atoms in a laser – they are all in phase with one another, and they demonstrate the wave nature of matter on a large scale. Then you can see quite visibly what matter is down at its heart.

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