The Ultimate Coin Toss of Quantum Randomness

“In quantum mechanics, the science of matter and energy on the smallest scales, specific properties of objects (such as the position of an electron or the polarization of a photon) can be inherently uncertain. Although the probability of any particular property can be calculated in advance, those properties take on particular values only when measured; and the values are intrinsically random. So in theory, one could obtain a series of random numbers by performing a series of quantum measurements that were entirely independent of one another.”

Random, but not by chance: A quantum random-number generator for encryption, security –

~ by theobservereffect on April 21, 2010.

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