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.
Also, if you use either of those networks, please follow me on Twitter and “like” Galileo’s Pendulum on Facebook. And thanks again for reading my site!