I listened to the program In Our Times on BBC’s Radio 4 yesterday while driving home from dropping off the kids. Yes, I know we should have walked but…well, I have no excuse.
Anyway, I loved listening to this talk on quantum mechanics because one, I found it fascinating, and two, I didn’t understand a word of it. But it was so much fun to listen to this other world that does not adhere to our natural laws.
Particles just do not care.
Today’s program was about the Measurement Problem in Physics. All about how physicist Edwin Schrodinger’s cat does not actually exist—it is the subject of a thought experiment—in which the rules of quantum mechanics make it appear both dead and alive at the same time.
Melvyn Bragg’s programs are great. To hear them, just go to the Radio 4 website, scroll down to In Our Times where you have several archives to choose from: science, philosophy, current affairs, culture, history and religion.
Just pick your poison. Below is a small sampling under Science alone:
Neuroscience—does the brain rule the mind
Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem—the dirty Secrets of Maths
The Multiverse—the universe is not enough
The Fibonacci Sequence—the numbers in nature
Doesn’t it all make you drool?
Plus anytime the Brits speak, I just want to genuflect because they always sound like they know what they’re talking about.
photo by roxelo’s (flickr)