The idea for this came to me one night in Egypt some years ago, when I was crossing a desert with my husband. (This sounds terrific until I mention that we were riding a tourist bus from Luxor to Hurghada airport.)

The bus ride took a few hours, and while I was looking at the stars and the silhouttes of the vadis, my thoughts went to the possibility of a multiverse and what it could mean.

when I saw the Quantum Shorts competition call on New Scientist’s web site, I remembered those desert thoughts and decided to make an animation in Adobe AfterEffects.

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- A is for Alice and Bob
- “ In quantum experiments, these are the names traditionally given to the people transmitting and receiving information. In quantum cryptography, an eavesdropper called Eve tries to intercept the information ” more from our A-Z of

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- Z is for Zero-point energy
- “ Even at absolute zero, the lowest temperature possible, nothing has zero energy. In these conditions, particles and fields are in their lowest energy state, with an energy proportional to Planck’s constant ” more from our A-Z of

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- C is for Computing
- “ The rules of the quantum world mean that we can process information much faster than is possible using the computers we use now ” more from our A-Z of

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- L is for Light
- “ We used to believe light was a wave, then we discovered it had the properties of a particle that we call a photon. Now we know it, like all elementary quantum objects, is both a wave and a particle! ” more from our A-Z of

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- R is for Randomness
- “ Unpredictability lies at the heart of quantum mechanics. It bothered Einstein, but it also bothers the Dalai Lama ” more from our A-Z of

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- Q is for Qubit
- “ One quantum bit of information is known as a qubit (pronounced Q-bit). The ability of quantum particles to exist in many different states at once means a single quantum object can represent multiple qubits at once, opening up the possibility of extremely fast information processing ” more from our A-Z of

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- P is for Probability
- “ Quantum mechanics is a probabilistic theory: it does not give definite answers, but only the probability that an experiment will come up with a particular answer. This was the source of Einstein’s objection that God “does not play dice” with the universe ” more from our A-Z of

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- P is for Planck’s Constant
- “ This is one of the universal constants of nature, and relates the energy of a single quantum of radiation to its frequency. It is central to quantum theory and appears in many important formulae, including the Schrödinger Equation ” more from our A-Z of

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- M is for Many Worlds Theory
- “ Some researchers think the best way to explain the strange characteristics of the quantum world is to allow that each quantum event creates a new universe ” more from our A-Z of

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- O is for Objective reality
- “ Neils Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum physics, said there is no such thing as objective reality. All we can talk about, he said, is the results of measurements we make. ” more from our A-Z of

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- B is for Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC)
- “ At extremely low temperatures, quantum rules mean that atoms can come together and behave as if they are one giant super-atom ” more from our A-Z of

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- T is for Teleportation
- “ Quantum tricks allow a particle to be transported from one location to another without passing through the intervening space – or that’s how it appears. The reality is that the process is more like faxing, where the information held by one particle is written onto a distant particle. ” more from our A-Z of

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