November 12, 2009

The Double-Slit Experiment Will Mess You Up



When you have 5 free minutes, I encourage you to watch this thought-provoking video clip. It's a wonderful animated clip designed to explain entry-level quantum theory to children. And it will mess you up. I was directed to this film clip based on the discussion of the double-slit experiment in the new TV show, Flashforward, and which we talked about it heavily in a recent episode of our FlashForcast podcast about the show.

It was very confusing for me, thinking about the idea that something so small could be so complex. But, when I looked back to high school, learning how mitochondria are these little supercomputers within each cell, it only makes sense that there's much more going on in particles than meets the eye.

Anyway, I need you to watch that video before I can start being really crazy in tomorrow's post.

5 comments:

Meghan said...

I will watch this when I get home from work, but as a scientist I can tell you, things get really wacky on the both mini- and macro-scale. Our rules of physics don't apply to the very small (sub-atomic) or the very big (outer space). I am baffled by the complexities that go on inside one cell, and considering that the molecules I study are composed of millions/trillions/gazillions of particles - craziness!

Ry, Ab, & Griff said...

Eric, this is Ryan you succeeded in completely confusing me and messing me up so congrats, i think I need to watch this a couple more times. Looking forward to what you have to say tomorrow.

Eric Olsen said...

Meghan, have you come across the problems of the number 137 at all in your studies, and do you subscribe to any of the bigger theories that try to unite math and physics? string theory, etc.

Ryan, crazy isn't it? I've watched it 4 times.

rob said...

one of the last times I went to the dentist i saw a woman in the waiting room who had something like 16 teeth pulled, her face was swollen, she had tears in her eyes, and her mouth was full of bloody gauze...

not a good experience to say the least...

Eric Olsen said...

and i contend that her fear may be contagious, whether you're there when she is or not