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Anyone interested in quantum physics? 09:59 - Oct 12 with 943 viewsThe_Flashing_Smile

You all are right? Course you are.

Well you should watch The Secrets Of Quantum Physics on Amazon Prime. Absolutely brilliant and fascinating. It's a bit dumbed-down... but that's exactly what you need for quantum physics! The guy's analogies really help you to understand it, and he generally explains it really well. Love his enthusiasm for the subject too. I'm hooked!

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:10 - Oct 12 with 895 viewsBlueBadger

I've TRIED so many times to get my head around quantum physics but just......can't.

In my defence, a mate of mine who teaches physics says 'anyone who claims to understand quantum physics......doesn't.'

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:12 - Oct 12 with 881 viewsSaleAway

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:10 - Oct 12 by BlueBadger

I've TRIED so many times to get my head around quantum physics but just......can't.

In my defence, a mate of mine who teaches physics says 'anyone who claims to understand quantum physics......doesn't.'


Well, if you get close enough to it to understand it, it changes

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:12 - Oct 12 with 883 viewsThe_Flashing_Smile

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:10 - Oct 12 by BlueBadger

I've TRIED so many times to get my head around quantum physics but just......can't.

In my defence, a mate of mine who teaches physics says 'anyone who claims to understand quantum physics......doesn't.'


I've heard that line used loads of times, don't think your mate coined it!

But anyway, sounds like this programme's for you. He really does explain it in the simplest terms.

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:24 - Oct 12 with 842 viewsSteve_M

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:10 - Oct 12 by BlueBadger

I've TRIED so many times to get my head around quantum physics but just......can't.

In my defence, a mate of mine who teaches physics says 'anyone who claims to understand quantum physics......doesn't.'


This is a good, readable book to help here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2330343.Quantum_Theory_Cannot_Hurt_You

Chown's Twitter activity is rather crap but as a popular science simplifier he is pretty good.

I've read that book a few times, plus plenty of other stuff on quantum physics and some bits start to fit together a bit but it's so counter intuitive a lot of the time. I'll still take up Dolly's suggestion for the Prime documentary I think.

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:50 - Oct 12 with 798 viewsNthQldITFC

I am and I am not.

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:53 - Oct 12 with 797 viewsBasingstokeBlue

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:10 - Oct 12 by BlueBadger

I've TRIED so many times to get my head around quantum physics but just......can't.

In my defence, a mate of mine who teaches physics says 'anyone who claims to understand quantum physics......doesn't.'


That quote is usually attributed to Feynman

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 12:27 - Oct 12 with 709 viewsjudespiveyg

I would also recommend Brian Greene's 'The elegant universe', I've just finished reading it, while the book is mostly on string theory and can get a bit complicated for a complete beginner, the first three or so chapters provide very good summaries of the essential ideas of Special and General Relativity, as well as quantum mechanics. Excellent use of analogy I thought, would really help a beginner get their head around the essential concepts.

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 12:35 - Oct 12 with 697 viewsDanTheMan

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:53 - Oct 12 by BasingstokeBlue

That quote is usually attributed to Feynman


Interestingly this is another one of those quotes that is attributed to someone who potentially never said it.

He did say "I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.". This was back in 1965 though so we've come along a bit since then!

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 12:47 - Oct 12 with 676 viewsParsley

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 12:35 - Oct 12 by DanTheMan

Interestingly this is another one of those quotes that is attributed to someone who potentially never said it.

He did say "I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.". This was back in 1965 though so we've come along a bit since then!


There's a bit more context here. There are people that understand quantum mechanics but I think it's just very hard to visualise in a way that we can all relate to so people interpret it in different ways. Thanks for the recommendation OP, I'll check it out.

Electrons, when they were first discovered, behaved exactly like particles or bullets, very simply. Further research showed, from electron diffraction experiments for example, that they behaved like waves. As time went on there was a growing confusion about how these things really behaved ---- waves or particles, particles or waves? Everything looked like both.

This growing confusion was resolved in 1925 or 1926 with the advent of the correct equations for quantum mechanics. Now we know how the electrons and light behave. But what can I call it? If I say they behave like particles I give the wrong impression; also if I say they behave like waves. They behave in their own inimitable way, which technically could be called a quantum mechanical way. They behave in a way that is like nothing that you have seen before. Your experience with things that you have seen before is incomplete. The behavior of things on a very tiny scale is simply different. An atom does not behave like a weight hanging on a spring and oscillating. Nor does it behave like a miniature representation of the solar system with little planets going around in orbits. Nor does it appear to be somewhat like a cloud or fog of some sort surrounding the nucleus. It behaves like nothing you have seen before.

There is one simplication at least. Electrons behave in this respect in exactly the same way as photons; they are both screwy, but in exactly in the same way….

The difficulty really is psychological and exists in the perpetual torment that results from your saying to yourself, "But how can it be like that?" which is a reflection of uncontrolled but utterly vain desire to see it in terms of something familiar. I will not describe it in terms of an analogy with something familiar; I will simply describe it. There was a time when the newspapers said that only twelve men understood the theory of relativity. I do not believe there ever was such a time. There might have been a time when only one man did, because he was the only guy who caught on, before he wrote his paper. But after people read the paper a lot of people understood the theory of relativity in some way or other, certainly more than twelve. On the other hand, I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics. So do not take the lecture too seriously, feeling that you really have to understand in terms of some model what I am going to describe, but just relax and enjoy it. I am going to tell you what nature behaves like. If you will simply admit that maybe she does behave like this, you will find her a delightful, entrancing thing. Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possible avoid it, "But how can it be like that?" because you will get 'down the drain', into a blind alley from which nobody has escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that.


Richard P. Feynman, The Messenger Lectures, 1964, MIT
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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 12:58 - Oct 12 with 661 viewsKeno

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 10:12 - Oct 12 by SaleAway

Well, if you get close enough to it to understand it, it changes


I haven’t a clue about it, but I suspect that somewhere in a parallel universe there a version of me who does understand it, sleeps with Lily James, supports Ipswich Town champions of Europe and posts interesting stuff on TWTD

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 13:07 - Oct 12 with 643 viewsCotty

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 12:58 - Oct 12 by Keno

I haven’t a clue about it, but I suspect that somewhere in a parallel universe there a version of me who does understand it, sleeps with Lily James, supports Ipswich Town champions of Europe and posts interesting stuff on TWTD


You had me until the very last bit
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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 13:13 - Oct 12 with 632 viewsTooManyCooks

The problem I have with Quantum Mechanics, is that just about everybody has a different take, or a confused one, which essentially leads me to the only logical determination, which is that it is a subjective topic. This of course, completely flies in the face of scientific methodology, that is entirely predicated to prove something a "fact", which means it must be objective.

Any topic that can't be definitively labelled to be objective, or subjective, by the leading brains in the scientific community, is very likely to be way above my pay grade and thus I decide not to entangle my brain in such dastardly matters.

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 16:54 - Oct 12 with 496 viewsfactual_blue

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 13:07 - Oct 12 by Cotty

You had me until the very last bit


Anybody who thinks they post interesting stuff on TWTD doesn't.

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 17:18 - Oct 12 with 477 viewsMeadowlark

The barman said, "We don't serve neutrinos in here."

A neutrino walked into a bar.
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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 20:46 - Oct 12 with 415 viewsRyorry

Wasn't this originally on BBC4? 🤔 I think I remember seeing it there, but then again I might not. Same or very similar title anyway -

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04v5vjz

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 21:15 - Oct 12 with 396 viewsOriginalMarkyP

look on iplayer for the doc on Infinity presented by Stephen Berkoff. It's great if you like nerdy stuff. (Which I most certainly do)

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 21:15 - Oct 12 with 394 viewsThe_Flashing_Smile

Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 20:46 - Oct 12 by Ryorry

Wasn't this originally on BBC4? 🤔 I think I remember seeing it there, but then again I might not. Same or very similar title anyway -

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04v5vjz


Yeah looks the same.

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Anyone interested in quantum physics? on 21:22 - Oct 12 with 381 viewsbazza

Oh boy…Is ziggy still in it??
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