When Quantum Physics Meets Video Games

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An aerial view of a Minecraft castle.
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If 3D printers do the work of making things tangible and real, then how do we turn something that already exists into a representation of the abstract?

A group of scientists, gamers, and of course, folks from Google may have found a way to make the popular world-building game, Minecraft, into a tool for teaching quantum physics.

It's a game mod called qCraft, and creators hope that stirring up ideas about these hard-to-grasp concepts may just help to create the next generation of quantum computer scientists.

Joining The Takeaway is Joel Levin, co-founder of TeacherGaming and creator of MinecraftEdu, which produces the educational version of Minecraft that has already entered schools worldwide.