Schrödinger‘s Outcome

If explanation is desired, a “bit” is anything with two choices (such as alive or dead, on or off, etc.) and is therefore binary (either/or).  Of course, in the quantum world this binary distinction breaks down when unobserved and can become both and neither, simultaneously, until measurement (observation) occurs. Schrödinger‘s Outcome   Schrödinger reduced his […]

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Chances Are

For those who like to parse a poem, you may have noticed both gods and God appear in the first three stanzas. The reference in the first stanza to Einstein comes from the famous response he received from Niels Bohr for his often repeated adage expressing his distaste for quantum mechanical theory that God doesn’t […]

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Pursuit Of Knowledge

What the uncertainty principle actually means is that some information automatically interferes with or obscures other information.  These are called complementary variables. Some examples are position and momentum, wave particle dualities and even energy and time (duration).  It is the limit of knowing with mathematical certainty two of a particle’s physical properties at the same […]

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Uncertainty Principle

This Shakespearean sonnet takes a different take on uncertainty.  Some may question the existence of poetry with a clear message, but I maintain that poetry need not obfuscate. Some may deny that “Uncertainty Principle” is a poem, so to help them better understand, here is the version with the “proper” line breaks:   UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE […]

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