Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Heisenburg's Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

What can a retired basketball player and a cannon full of paintballs teach us about quantum uncertainty? A lot, actually. Have a listen in on why we can't tell where a proton is at the same time when we know its momentum: the quintessential uncertainty principle. For a link to the blog post I mouth off about, see the exposé on Ramtha and What the Bleep Were They Thinking?

New and permenant theme music: Baxiden by Liquid Tension Experiment

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Banach-Tarski Paradox

The Banach-Tarski Paradox

A mouthful no doubt! This week we go over just how a mathematical universe differs from a physical one on the basis of the Axiom of Choice. More interestingly, if we exploit this paradox, we can clone anything we want with the exact same properties as the original. As per Andrew's note, you can see an example of a fractal here. Really amazing stuff to say the least.

Barbarian Horde is by Hans Zimmer