2008-08-27

Quantum physics, in laymen's terms

Tonight, thanks to cracked.com, I read both the most concise and hilarious description of quantum physics that will perhaps ever be penned. From the article The 5 Scientific Experiments Most Likely to End The World:

To grossly simplify it, on a scale smaller than atoms, the quantum level, everything suddenly turns into a goddamn circus. Quantum physics is to regular everyday physics as a David Lynch film is to a mainstream blockbuster. We're talking particles popping in and out of existence, being in two places at the same time, and generally acting like assholes.
Look at that particle. What an asshole.

And, for what it's worth, I've been following the LHC experiment mentioned in the article with eager anticipation over the last 8 months or so. If you're unfamiliar with it, I recommend you read up. This may be the physics gold mine of a generation, and even if it isn't, it's a scientific and engineering achievement without parallel in many disciplines, from physics to electrical engineering to computer science.

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