Since my guest post yesterday at Scientific American, I’ve noticed a lot of new visitors on the site, so I wanted to give you a welcome message! My day job is teaching at a college, and my summer schedule prevents me from writing something substantial every day (6 hours of astronomy classes, 3 days each week), so daily updates are unlikely for a few more weeks.
However, if you found your way here from Scientific American, chances are you’re interested in quantum physics, so here are a few posts on that subject:
- Revisiting Schrödinger’s Cat: the classic thought experiment pointing out some of the major difficulties in the interpretation of quantum mechanics. Warning: contains an actual cat.
- Pendulum Waves and the Beginnings of Quantum Mechanics: how that cool pendulum-wave video that has been making the rounds connects to photons.
- The Desert of the Real: how does a professor who doesn’t buy the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics still teach quantum physics? Yes, the title is referring to The Matrix.
- Don’t Understand Something? Blame It on Quantum Mechanics! : the misuse of quantum physics in popular culture must be stopped!
- The Aharanov-Bohm Effect, or, How is a Donut Like a Coffee Cup?: though it’s more esoteric than the double-slit experiment, this effect tells us a lot about quantum mechanics and how we can understand it pictorially.