“It gets boring at home. How many reruns of Abbott and Costello movies can a guy watch on TV?”–Bud Abbott
It’s summer vacation time, and that means reruns. For the next couple of weeks I’ll be reprising some oldies but goodies. I’ll intersperse the sublime and ridiculous, as always. Let’s start with a Quantum Weirdness review in preparation for my next blockbuster conjecture, which might actually be published before the fall.
Quantum Weirdness 101: The Double-Slit Experiment
“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.”–
With apologies to Douglas Adams–don’t panic! Although an understanding of a few basic concepts of quantum mechanics will be helpful in following some of the Millennium Conjectures, it’s actually not that hard to grasp. No math is needed. The following video gives a clear and entertaining description of the wave-particle duality of the sub-atomic world. If you weren’t already familiar with the concept, this should give you what you need to “get it.” What it won’t allow you to do is come to grips with it, or even believe it. But you’d better believe it. Quantum theory is one of the most rock solid, experimentally verified fields in all of science. And whether you believe it or not, don’t even think of explaining it. The world’s most brilliant physicists have been debating the implications for decades and are nowhere near a consensus. If you’d like a little more after the video, including a description of some of the leading explanations, here is a text primer.