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2013-02-18 11:58:23 PM
The only way that makes sense as an introduction to QM is if he had immediately afterwards said "Confused? Vaguely frightened? Welcome to the standard state of mind one feels when studying Quantum Mechanics." Otherwise, WTF?
 
2013-02-18 11:58:49 PM
I'm sure he had a point, but I doubt it made any difference.  I think introductory professors just get bored.
 
2013-02-18 11:59:11 PM
The audio of the girl is really annoying.
 
2013-02-19 12:01:06 AM

nmrsnr: The only way that makes sense as an introduction to QM is if he had immediately afterwards said "Confused? Vaguely frightened? Welcome to the standard state of mind one feels when studying Quantum Mechanics." Otherwise, WTF?


That's pretty much what I got from it. "Nothing you've seen or heard so far makes any sense at all in the world that you have always known. Quantum Mechanics is like that."
 
2013-02-19 12:03:08 AM
"I am so confused."

I think this was his entire point.  Quantum Mechanics works incredibly well as a system of predicting measurements.  But nobody understands it. Ignore those string theorists.
 
2013-02-19 12:08:56 AM

Philbb: nmrsnr: The only way that makes sense as an introduction to QM is if he had immediately afterwards said "Confused? Vaguely frightened? Welcome to the standard state of mind one feels when studying Quantum Mechanics." Otherwise, WTF?

That's pretty much what I got from it. "Nothing you've seen or heard so far makes any sense at all in the world that you have always known. Quantum Mechanics is like that."


If QM makes sense to you, then something is wrong with you.

According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.  It is unlikely, but given enough attempts you should be able to accomplish it.
 
2013-02-19 12:09:38 AM
Is this... going to be on the test?
 
2013-02-19 12:11:11 AM

Philbb: nmrsnr: The only way that makes sense as an introduction to QM is if he had immediately afterwards said "Confused? Vaguely frightened? Welcome to the standard state of mind one feels when studying Quantum Mechanics." Otherwise, WTF?

That's pretty much what I got from it. "Nothing you've seen or heard so far makes any sense at all in the world that you have always known. Quantum Mechanics is like that."


But that message only gets across if the professor says that's the point (or if you are already familiar with QM in some way) otherwise they just think you're a crazy person.

Also, he could have just as easily spliced together clips of Yo Gabba Gabba and Psycho (or American Psycho if you really wanted disturbing), he didn't have to go with 9/11 and Hitler, which might have come across as offensive.
 
2013-02-19 12:15:03 AM

GAT_00: According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.  It is unlikely, but given enough attempts you should be able to accomplish it.


No, that's like saying that Thermodynamics says there is a small but nonzero chance that the Earth will decide to impart enough kinetic energy to you to launch you into space, highly unlikely, but possible, and still within the classical conception of the Universe.

No, QM says that if you run at the wall enough times you will appear on the other side of the wall because you really were there all along and that makes no sense, and is completely incapable of being explained classically.
 
2013-02-19 12:22:53 AM

nmrsnr: No, QM says that if you run at the wall enough times you will appear on the other side of the wall because you really were there all along and that makes no sense, and is completely incapable of being explained classically.


You can also pull atoms through a wall with a direct force, though the uncertainty that they were ever completely on one side of the wall in the first place.  In that case, your momentum provides the change in position.  In effect, you jumped out of your well when you ran at the door.
 
2013-02-19 12:38:12 AM

nmrsnr: But that message only gets across if the professor says that's the point (or if you are already familiar with QM in some way) otherwise they just think you're a crazy person.


Meh, my QM teacher opened his two-class series by saying that he wanted to teach a subject students wanted to learn.  QM is hard, and it's mathematical.  It's like being a five year old asking your parents "why, Daddy?" and they say "just do it!".

How can you learn QM in an auditorium-style classroom, though?  MIT is OK, Princeton used to be OK for physics.  Any class where you have giggling girls recording the wrong way on iPhones is not an environment where you'll be learning anything about QM.
 
2013-02-19 12:42:28 AM

nmrsnr: Philbb: nmrsnr: The only way that makes sense as an introduction to QM is if he had immediately afterwards said "Confused? Vaguely frightened? Welcome to the standard state of mind one feels when studying Quantum Mechanics." Otherwise, WTF?

That's pretty much what I got from it. "Nothing you've seen or heard so far makes any sense at all in the world that you have always known. Quantum Mechanics is like that."

But that message only gets across if the professor says that's the point (or if you are already familiar with QM in some way) otherwise they just think you're a crazy person.

Also, he could have just as easily spliced together clips of Yo Gabba Gabba and Psycho (or American Psycho if you really wanted disturbing), he didn't have to go with 9/11 and Hitler, which might have come across as offensive.


I understand your point, but we don't know what he went on to say. Of course it could have been done differently and I'm sure it is by other teachers.  It might also have been offensive to some students and I'm not saying it was the right thing to do. But I would bet that almost every student that was there will remember it and some will even pay more attention to the class because of it.
 
2013-02-19 12:47:35 AM

GAT_00: Philbb: nmrsnr: The only way that makes sense as an introduction to QM is if he had immediately afterwards said "Confused? Vaguely frightened? Welcome to the standard state of mind one feels when studying Quantum Mechanics." Otherwise, WTF?

That's pretty much what I got from it. "Nothing you've seen or heard so far makes any sense at all in the world that you have always known. Quantum Mechanics is like that."

If QM makes sense to you, then something is wrong with you.


That's kind of what I was saying. If the first five minutes or so that class made sense to you then it's likely that you are a genius or a seriously disturbed individual. QM makes even less sense.
 
2013-02-19 12:49:02 AM
i3.ytimg.com
 
2013-02-19 01:01:35 AM
"In order to learn quantum mechanics, you have to strip til you're raw, erase all the garbage from your brain, and start over again. Um, quantum mechanics... Nothing you have learned in your life til now does in any way help prepare you for this, because everything you do in your everyday life is totally opposite to what you're going to learn in quantum mechanics. And so I've been tasked with the impossible challenge of having to teach you quantum mechanics in one hour, what basically the most brilliant minds, Einstein and so on, couldn't figure out working on it their whole lives. So that's actually a bit of a big goal for today. Um, nevertheless you have to get undergraduate degrees here at Columbia, and you have to pass quantum mechanics in order to get that degree. So it's probably worth looking into this a little bit."

That's what the guy says after his weird brain palate cleansing opener, but to be honest, at the point where he stripped to his underwear, put on a black hoodie, and started walking back and forth across the stage, I would have assumed he was going to pull out an assault rifle and start shooting indiscriminately into the crowd. The kids are laughing about it, but it seriously looked like he was going to commit mass murder.
 
2013-02-19 01:13:11 AM

GAT_00: According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist. It is unlikely, but given enough attempts you should be able to accomplish it.




i.imgur.com

R.I.P. "MORE THAN A FEELING"

 
2013-02-19 01:21:39 AM
What are the odds that guy has a dungeon?
 
2013-02-19 01:27:38 AM

Triumph: What are the odds that guy has a dungeon?


Non-zero... but then again, that is true for just about everything else in his class as well.
 
2013-02-19 01:28:26 AM
The Aristocrats!

/dnwtv
 
2013-02-19 01:30:44 AM
Folks like that should be paid what they are worth... part time at Starbucks.
 
2013-02-19 01:30:53 AM
*scans headline*

twimg0-a.akamaihd.net
 
2013-02-19 01:31:39 AM

Triumph: What are the odds that guy has a dungeon?


A dungeon?  In Manhattan?  On a Columbia faculty salary?
 
2013-02-19 01:33:07 AM
What probably really happened is the professor stood up and said, "Welcome to Interpretive Art 101!" and then looked at the podium, back at the room full of VERY confused students, and said, "Uh, this is Room 1247, right?"
 
2013-02-19 01:33:59 AM
Finally, the show was interrupted by ninjas who appeared and smashed puppets onstage.

Weird? I think you mean TOTALLY FREAKING AWESOME.
 
2013-02-19 01:34:14 AM
It's weird, but it's no Yoko Ono.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ScyKztGA0
 
2013-02-19 01:37:08 AM
Meh. I've seen this episode...

Link

/Bazinga
 
2013-02-19 01:37:29 AM
It's simple: Hitler attempted to eradicate the Jews, who then formed Israel, who orchestrated 9/11. Makes sense to me.
 
2013-02-19 01:38:31 AM

GAT_00: According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.  It is unlikely, but given enough attempts you should be able to accomplish it.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-19 01:38:53 AM
Doinks.
 
2013-02-19 01:39:49 AM

poot_rootbeer: Triumph: What are the odds that guy has a dungeon?

A dungeon?  In Manhattan?  On a Columbia faculty salary?


First, who says he lives in Manhattan? Second, Columbia ranks second in average salary just barely behind Harvard. LINK
If he's tenured, he's prolly pulling down over 200k, much more if he wrote a textbook.
 
2013-02-19 01:40:12 AM
media.tumblr.com

Stop the madness!
 
2013-02-19 01:40:19 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It's simple: Hitler attempted to eradicate the Jews, who then formed Israel, who orchestrated 9/11. Makes sense to me.


So by saving Europe's ass in WWII, America is complicit in 9/11. Which in turn led to the dismantling of the Bill of Rights and the installment of Muslim Kenyan, Barack Obama as President.

What did FDR know and when did he know it???
 
2013-02-19 01:40:31 AM
Tenure. It is like pulling the pin on the hand grenade of eccentricities and lobbing it into the light of day.
 
2013-02-19 01:42:25 AM
Quantum mechanics predicts a nonzero chance that Gawker doesn't actually suck. Crazy.
 
2013-02-19 01:46:48 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: It's weird, but it's no Yoko Ono.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ScyKztGA0


I was just thinking that this was footage was from her birthday party.
 
2013-02-19 01:47:47 AM

FatalDischarge: AverageAmericanGuy: It's weird, but it's no Yoko Ono.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ScyKztGA0

I was just thinking that this was footage was from her birthday party.


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAaaaaAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
 
2013-02-19 01:50:22 AM
A combination of strangeness and charm.
 
2013-02-19 01:50:29 AM
He explains why at 4:55, but it doesn't really explain anything that just happened. Maybe that's the point?

/I believe LSD was a factor
 
2013-02-19 01:52:37 AM

bighairyguy: A combination of strangeness and charm.


that post is top
 
2013-02-19 01:58:27 AM
We all know the Schrodinger cat experiment. But what would happen if one put a dead cat in the box?
 
2013-02-19 02:05:30 AM
I get what he was doing. He just needed to explain what he was doing to the students.

All most of them got was "the Prof is a psycho."
 
2013-02-19 02:14:43 AM
Philbb:

But I would bet that almost every student that was there will remember it and some will even pay more attention to the class because of it.

I had an English class, in college, start out with something exciting like this - we analyzed The Rolling Stones' Angie song. Unfortunately, that was the ONLY interesting thing in the whole course. The rest of the semester was so boring, we could of died in there!

But of course, until someone opened the classroom door and looked, we were both dead and alive...
 
2013-02-19 02:19:00 AM
isn't that the logo for the Misfits?
 
2013-02-19 02:26:27 AM
Goodbye sweet America
 
2013-02-19 02:28:30 AM

GAT_00: According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.  It is unlikely, but given enough attempts you should be able to accomplish it.


Wait, you mean doors are meant to be SOLID?  I've been walking through them for as long as I can remember.

/Would explain the screaming...
 
2013-02-19 02:30:04 AM

blanchae: Philbb:

But I would bet that almost every student that was there will remember it and some will even pay more attention to the class because of it.

I had an English class, in college, start out with something exciting like this - we analyzed The Rolling Stones' Angie song. Unfortunately, that was the ONLY interesting thing in the whole course. The rest of the semester was so boring, we could of died in there!

But of course, until someone opened the classroom door and looked, we were both dead and alive...


Well, has anyone opened the classroom door or are you still just posting from within the classroom?
 
2013-02-19 02:35:31 AM
Fake, fake, fake, fake

s3-ec.buzzfed.com
 
2013-02-19 02:37:45 AM

Pointy Tail of Satan: We all know the Schrodinger cat experiment. But what would happen if one put a dead cat in the box?


Well there's now a non-zero chance the furry bastard could come out alive if the....um, trap went off.

RIGHT!!
 
2013-02-19 02:38:08 AM

GAT_00: Philbb: nmrsnr: The only way that makes sense as an introduction to QM is if he had immediately afterwards said "Confused? Vaguely frightened? Welcome to the standard state of mind one feels when studying Quantum Mechanics." Otherwise, WTF?

That's pretty much what I got from it. "Nothing you've seen or heard so far makes any sense at all in the world that you have always known. Quantum Mechanics is like that."

If QM makes sense to you, then something is wrong with you.

According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.  It is unlikely, but given enough attempts you should be able to accomplish it.


On a good day, what i've seen of QM does make sense to me, but then again there IS something wrong with me. Moms side of the family is, shall we say, unstable. I got some of that.
 
2013-02-19 02:41:08 AM
well I know Hitler makes me want to get naked...schlick, schilck, schlick...
 
2013-02-19 02:41:10 AM
I'm pretty sure that was the weirdest part subby. Unless he sacrificed a goat and the audience started fapping it can't get much weirder.
 
2013-02-19 02:41:35 AM
I'm just surprised he didn't suddenly say "Number 6 please, David".
 
2013-02-19 02:42:02 AM
Oddly enough, this is not dissimilar to my Quantum Physics professor's last lecture. He got naked, started yelling at walls, then ran into every other occupied lecture theatre before being lead away.

/not an Ivy League school
//still CSB
 
2013-02-19 02:42:35 AM

Triumph: poot_rootbeer: Triumph: What are the odds that guy has a dungeon?

A dungeon?  In Manhattan?  On a Columbia faculty salary?

First, who says he lives in Manhattan? Second, Columbia ranks second in average salary just barely behind Harvard. LINK
If he's tenured, he's prolly pulling down over 200k, much more if he wrote a textbook.


Don't get misled by those salary figures. The only ones that are pulling in over $200K are at the Business School and Law School, with maybe a few at the Med School. Profs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will be tenured for 20 years before they hit $160K or so. Besides, he probably does live in faculty housing in Manhattan (heavily subsidized).

This class is a bit of a clusterfark - I know, having taught its seminar sections for a couple of semesters. All freshmen in Columbia College are required to take this some time in their first year. 500 kids at a time pile into this lecture once a week, and then attend a seminar section (led by one of a bevy of instructors) with about 20-25 students later in the week. In principle, the class is meant to introduce everyone to the cutting edge of science in an effort to teach them about how science is done. In practice, they kids who are really keen on science tend to be bored, and the ones who came to Columbia for the liberal arts tend to wail and gnash their teeth.

/css
 
2013-02-19 02:49:00 AM

nmrsnr: No, QM says that if you run at the wall enough times you will appear on the other side of the wall because you really were there all along and that makes no sense, and is completely incapable of being explained classically.


Stuff like this is why I love quantum mechanics and fark, even though I usually feel like I don't understand either.
 
2013-02-19 02:54:18 AM
Even Ivy Leaguers record videos in portrait mode?

We're doomed.
 
2013-02-19 02:54:28 AM
I think you guys are thinking a little too deeply here.

img690.imageshack.us
 
2013-02-19 03:00:33 AM
Meh. Amateur.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-19 03:18:23 AM

GAT_00: Philbb: nmrsnr: The only way that makes sense as an introduction to QM is if he had immediately afterwards said "Confused? Vaguely frightened? Welcome to the standard state of mind one feels when studying Quantum Mechanics." Otherwise, WTF?

That's pretty much what I got from it. "Nothing you've seen or heard so far makes any sense at all in the world that you have always known. Quantum Mechanics is like that."

If QM makes sense to you, then something is wrong with you.

According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.  It is unlikely, but given enough attempts you should be able to accomplish it.



"None of this is true!   Say goodbye to classical reality, because our logic collapses on the subatomic level into ghosts and shadows."

A great professor.  But don't agree to any extra-credit projects.
 
2013-02-19 03:21:52 AM

LargeCanine: Folks like that should be paid what they are worth... part time at Starbucks.


How do you know what he's worth? He could be the most brilliant professor there.
 
2013-02-19 03:24:19 AM
I lol'd pretty good from this one.
 
2013-02-19 03:51:38 AM
From footballer to university physics lecturer. That's quite an impressive career range he has, and I for one will forgive him a few mild eccentricities.
 
2013-02-19 03:54:57 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-19 04:15:57 AM
 
2013-02-19 04:36:01 AM

SomethingToDo: What the future holds for our hero


Subspaces of n-dimensional Riemannian manifolds, you say?  I think I read that paper.
 
2013-02-19 04:37:37 AM
Man, and my students thought I was a less than usually boring lecturer just because I tend to curse like a sailor every time I stop paying attention to something I've prepared in advance.

This guy really goes all out.

nmrsnr: No, QM says that if you run at the wall enough times you will appear on the other side of the wall because you really were there all along and that makes no sense, and is completely incapable of being explained classically.


Actually, QM pretty much says this doesn't happen, as on macro scales the math collapses into Newtonian mechanics.

There's really nothing that odd about it, things pretty much always behave somewhat differently in different length and time regimes than in ours.  Even in classical mechanics initial approximations such as, say, newton's theory of projectile impact depth will be turned weird if you do something smartass like fire your projectile in an incompressible fluid, and the theory of gravitational acceleration goes right to shiat if you test it in a fluid of sufficient density and viscosity for resistance to be a major factor.  everything's an approximation for its regime, ain't no total rules for all situations unless you want to burn up a lot of goddamned chalk on that chalk-board.

//Fluid dynamics was the original "goddammit, none of this makes any sense" example of science being weird for the layman.  That doesn't actually mean it doesn't make any sense if you're used to it.  For bonus points, the Bessel functions you see all the time in the basic description of the H atom in intro QM?  Original developed to solve a fluids problem.

//Not that QM, or fluid dynamics for that matter, isn't cool as all hell.  Its reputation for being a mind-fark is kinda undeserved grandstanding by science students that want to feel special rather than something truly beyond the grasp of mere mortals, though.  I mean, the math can be a pain to the average english major, but a bit of pounding and you can get the core concepts in there as easy as any other specialized academic subject.
 
2013-02-19 04:40:25 AM

Pointy Tail of Satan: We all know the Schrodinger cat experiment. But what would happen if one put a dead cat in the box?


Given a couple days in summer, a very smelly box
 
2013-02-19 04:53:58 AM

Yuri Futanari: [i.imgur.com image 319x404]


For it to work, it must be done n times. You only did it once.
 
2013-02-19 05:14:50 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: FatalDischarge: AverageAmericanGuy: It's weird, but it's no Yoko Ono.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ScyKztGA0

I was just thinking that this was footage was from her birthday party.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAaaaaAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


I...what?

Is this the aural version of LSD?  I can actually feel my brain melting.
 
2013-02-19 05:21:51 AM

daniellynn's real dad: Oddly enough, this is not dissimilar to my Quantum Physics professor's last lecture. He got naked, started yelling at walls, then ran into every other occupied lecture theatre before being lead away.

/not an Ivy League school
//still CSB


Look - if I spent any appreciable amount of my life attempting to explain this incomprehensible nonsense to bored teenagers who were thinking about their genitals the entire time, I'd go nuts too.
 
2013-02-19 05:26:21 AM
I get his point, I just think he should have consulted with someone from an arts department to execute it better. Why 9/11 and Hitler? You could have gotten more confusion and less offense out of plenty of other things. Surrealism is not a new concept, and "WTF is going on" is a reaction film and music composition majors are quite good at getting.
 
2013-02-19 05:27:05 AM
also,

briefly showing he is in decent shape and knows farking QM, he will bang no less than 4 of those freshman biatches with that strip stunt.
 
2013-02-19 05:30:58 AM
Lady professor?

*click*

/DNWTV.
 
2013-02-19 05:36:50 AM
Hi Sadam ?

Im not from the US but I think that getting a degree might be be easy bases on the sound track, the "person" sounds like a demented 12 year old school girl if she taking this subject Im kind of sure Im able to do well

I also hear some of the other schools going easy on exams let you do them from home

Good luck, trying to keep up with China
 
2013-02-19 05:37:18 AM
If we are going to have someone strip while attempting to teach science, why can't it be someone like
Monica Dunford
atlas-service-enews.web.cern.ch
or
Janna Levin
www.smh.com.au
or
Claudia Alexander
www.engin.umich.edu

/I might even settle for Michelle Thaller
melitatrips.com


// I wonder if I could pitch this to one of the 'documentary' channels. Rather than showing some pawn shop buying panned gold from a large truck driven by Honey BoBo and Yogi, they could have 'Naked Science' - Where the presenters are all attractive scientists, and all nude. Think 'Naked News' - but with science!
// Just say no to Kaku
/// Now think of Dr Hawking?
 
2013-02-19 05:40:26 AM

jso2897: Look - if I spent any appreciable amount of my life attempting to explain this incomprehensible nonsense to bored teenagers who were when I was thinking about their genitals the entire time, I'd go nuts too.


FTFY


/or FTFM, at least
 
2013-02-19 05:51:21 AM

Relatively Obscure: [i3.ytimg.com image 320x180]


LEARN WITH ME!
 
2013-02-19 06:06:16 AM

johnnygew: If we are going to have someone strip while attempting to teach science, why can't it be someone like
Monica Dunford
[atlas-service-enews.web.cern.ch image 515x362]
or
Janna Levin
[www.smh.com.au image 220x254]
or
Claudia Alexander
[www.engin.umich.edu image 640x300]

/I might even settle for Michelle Thaller
[melitatrips.com image 268x203]


// I wonder if I could pitch this to one of the 'documentary' channels. Rather than showing some pawn shop buying panned gold from a large truck driven by Honey BoBo and Yogi, they could have 'Naked Science' - Where the presenters are all attractive scientists, and all nude. Think 'Naked News' - but with science!
// Just say no to Kaku
/// Now think of Dr Hawking?


We can do better:

Elisabeth Rieper
static5.businessinsider.com

Lisa Randall
i115.photobucket.com

Deborah Berebichez
img844.imageshack.us

Kim-Vy Tran
i115.photobucket.com

Amy Mainzer
i115.photobucket.com

Sarah Kavassalis
i115.photobucket.com

/objectification is fun
 
2013-02-19 06:21:00 AM
gerbilpox:Amy Mainzer

i115.photobucket.com

I'd love to conduct a short but in-depth study of kinetic motion with her culminating in a demonstration of the principles of ballistics on her stomach.
 
2013-02-19 06:35:22 AM

Jim_Callahan: Man, and my students thought I was a less than usually boring lecturer just because I tend to curse like a sailor every time I stop paying attention to something I've prepared in advance.

This guy really goes all out.

nmrsnr: No, QM says that if you run at the wall enough times you will appear on the other side of the wall because you really were there all along and that makes no sense, and is completely incapable of being explained classically.

Actually, QM pretty much says this doesn't happen, as on macro scales the math collapses into Newtonian mechanics.

There's really nothing that odd about it, things pretty much always behave somewhat differently in different length and time regimes than in ours.  Even in classical mechanics initial approximations such as, say, newton's theory of projectile impact depth will be turned weird if you do something smartass like fire your projectile in an incompressible fluid, and the theory of gravitational acceleration goes right to shiat if you test it in a fluid of sufficient density and viscosity for resistance to be a major factor.  everything's an approximation for its regime, ain't no total rules for all situations unless you want to burn up a lot of goddamned chalk on that chalk-board.

//Fluid dynamics was the original "goddammit, none of this makes any sense" example of science being weird for the layman.  That doesn't actually mean it doesn't make any sense if you're used to it.  For bonus points, the Bessel functions you see all the time in the basic description of the H atom in intro QM?  Original developed to solve a fluids problem.

//Not that QM, or fluid dynamics for that matter, isn't cool as all hell.  Its reputation for being a mind-fark is kinda undeserved grandstanding by science students that want to feel special rather than something truly beyond the grasp of mere mortals, though.  I mean, the math can be a pain to the average english major, but a bit of pounding and you can get the core concepts in the ...


Good post, but I'd make one refinement:  "the earth is round" was the "original none of this makes sense" for the average layman.

THAT'S the original mindscrew...hell, some fundies STILL have trouble with it.

19% of my fellow Americans, for starters...
 
2013-02-19 07:02:46 AM
HOLD THE CAMERA THE OTHER WAY!!!!111!!ELEVENTY!11!
 
2013-02-19 07:06:30 AM
My bachelors thesis was on an experiment he was also a member of, and we have a paper together http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v95/i8/e081601.

He's always been a little bit weird (not that I'm any less weird, I guess it comes with the territory). Also, his wife was, at one point, one of his students, and he at least always used to have a gaggle of female students hanging around (which, considering at the time he was a professor at Caltech, probably meant all the female students on campus).

/CSB
 
2013-02-19 07:33:15 AM

Jim_Callahan: Actually, QM pretty much says this doesn't happen, as on macro scales the math collapses into Newtonian mechanics.


This.

I was studying nuclear engineering for two years before some shennanigans I was involved in got me concerned abotu a job with a securtiy clearance, so I switched to mechanical engineering.  I took some very in depth (for undergraduate) QM classes.  I think our teacher made it easier by not playing up how "crazy" it was, but by explaining that on a small enough scale how we think the world works is incorrect.
 
2013-02-19 07:35:32 AM
I read this entire thread in Sheldon Coopers voice.
 
2013-02-19 07:47:39 AM

liam76: I took some very in depth (for undergraduate) QM classes. I think our teacher made it easier by not playing up how "crazy" it was, but by explaining that on a small enough scale how we think the world works is incorrect.


*nod*  That's basically part of my 8th grade science lesson on what theories really are. I don't get into details, of course, but I do a 5 minute history jog from Greek/Roman mythology to Quantum Mechanics, pointing out how each subsequent model progressively explain extreme data better than previous models do, but tend to be far more complicated, too. Newtonian being a good balance between usefulness and simplicity for most everyday applications. Blah blah, etc.
 
2013-02-19 07:49:59 AM

PunGent: Good post, but I'd make one refinement: "the earth is round" was the "original none of this makes sense" for the average layman.


Actually we've known the earth is round for over 2000 years. The whole thing with Columbus *WASN'T* that they thought the earth was flat. That's a popular myth-they'd known since the greeks it was round. Hell, the greeks calculated the circumfurence using shadows and were only a couple hundred miles off, if I remember right!

No, the thing with Columbus was he felt the greeks were wrong, and the circumfurence was MUCH smaller, so he could totally sail around the world. People wouldn't fund him not because they were convinced he'd fall off the face of the earth, but because they were pretty sure he was just going to die out in the ocean. And if America hadn't been in the way, he kind of would have.
 
2013-02-19 08:17:11 AM

GAT_00: According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.


well, not quite. you run into the door and go straight through---but not as though it didn't exist. its existence matters...
 
2013-02-19 08:17:13 AM

GAT_00: Philbb: nmrsnr: The only way that makes sense as an introduction to QM is if he had immediately afterwards said "Confused? Vaguely frightened? Welcome to the standard state of mind one feels when studying Quantum Mechanics." Otherwise, WTF?

That's pretty much what I got from it. "Nothing you've seen or heard so far makes any sense at all in the world that you have always known. Quantum Mechanics is like that."

If QM makes sense to you, then something is wrong with you.

According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.  It is unlikely, but given enough attempts you should be able to accomplish it.


So maybe The Flash only manipulates the localized quantum probability around himself on a macro level to mean he has a certain velocity and can pass through doors whilst remaining in the shape of The Flash n stuff. All the running poses are just for show. Would explain how he can run up a spotlight beam...
 
2013-02-19 08:18:41 AM

proteus_b: GAT_00: According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.

well, not quite. you run into the door and go straight through---but not as though it didn't exist. its existence matters...


No, he is right. There is a small chance you would go through it as though it didn`t exist. As if its existence didn`t matter.
 
2013-02-19 08:21:51 AM

dready zim: proteus_b: GAT_00: According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.

well, not quite. you run into the door and go straight through---but not as though it didn't exist. its existence matters...

No, he is right. There is a small chance you would go through it as though it didn`t exist. As if its existence didn`t matter.


Of course, there is a much larger chance that you pass through the door and interact with it in some way, most of them end up with you dead.
 
2013-02-19 08:26:18 AM

dready zim: dready zim: proteus_b: GAT_00: According to QM, there is a non-zero chance that you can run full speed into a door and go straight through it as if it didn't exist.

well, not quite. you run into the door and go straight through---but not as though it didn't exist. its existence matters...

No, he is right. There is a small chance you would go through it as though it didn`t exist. As if its existence didn`t matter.

Of course, there is a much larger chance that you pass through the door and interact with it in some way, most of them end up with you dead.


Technically, there is even a chance that the door actually stops existing for long enough for you to pass through then reappears when you are past but that is really really unlikely.
 
2013-02-19 08:28:18 AM

Jim_Callahan: There's really nothing that odd about it, things pretty much always behave somewhat differently in different length and time regimes than in ours.


I'm not going to argue with you too much, since you're basically right, I would, however, say that there is a fundamental difference between emergent mindfarks like fluid dynamics and fundamental mindfarks like QM. While there are plenty of regimes that are counter-intuitive to everyday experience, on a fundamental level they still treat objects classically, i.e. little ballistic objects hitting each other, conservation of mass and energy are strictly enforced, and if you really, really wanted to, you could come up with the same bizarre outcome from first principles (in theory, since computationally it'd take damn near forever).

QM on the other hand is different, it's bizarre and counter-intuitive, and it also says that "nothing I do can be explained classically" objects aren't well behaved ballistic objects hitting each other, they are everywhere at once until they decide they are actually somewhere (forgive the anthropomorphism, they don't decide anything, but I don't want to go into a discussion of what or how observation works). Mass-energy is only conserved in the long run, and no matter how much you try, there is no way you can describe QM using classical principles. So while I would say that yes, there are plenty of regimes in physics that are alien to ours, I would still argue that QM is fundamentally different, and therefor more astoundingly confusing.
 
2013-02-19 08:30:56 AM
I have no idea if his performance effectively metaphorized the complexities of quantum mechanics, but he looked totally hawt when he took his shirt off.
 
2013-02-19 08:38:06 AM
So just what are the drop/add statistics for that particular section?

/Curious minds want to know...
 
2013-02-19 08:45:07 AM

Daffydil: well I know Hitler makes me want to get naked...schlick, schilck, schlick...


Well, Hitler made a lot of people take their clothes. Then they went to the showers. And after that was when things got truly hot.
 
2013-02-19 08:49:28 AM

Canton: So just what are the drop/add statistics for that particular section?

/Curious minds want to know...


It's a required course. One lecture section only. Only way a student can drop in one semester is if they take it again the next semester.
 
2013-02-19 08:54:08 AM

dready zim: No, he is right. There is a small chance you would go through it as though it didn`t exist. As if its existence didn`t matter.


sorry, it's not true. the probability of being on the other side of the door definitely depends on its existence. if you put a beam of particles incident on such a door, the current you'd see on the other side will depend on the potential's width... and will certainly be different than if there were no potential there. for better or worse, i have studied it out, on the subject of quantum shiat...
 
2013-02-19 08:54:45 AM

gerbilpox: johnnygew: If we are going to have someone strip while attempting to teach science, why can't it be someone like
Monica Dunford
[atlas-service-enews.web.cern.ch image 515x362]
or
Janna Levin
[www.smh.com.au image 220x254]
or
Claudia Alexander
[www.engin.umich.edu image 640x300]

/I might even settle for Michelle Thaller
[melitatrips.com image 268x203]


// I wonder if I could pitch this to one of the 'documentary' channels. Rather than showing some pawn shop buying panned gold from a large truck driven by Honey BoBo and Yogi, they could have 'Naked Science' - Where the presenters are all attractive scientists, and all nude. Think 'Naked News' - but with science!
// Just say no to Kaku
/// Now think of Dr Hawking?

We can do better:

Elisabeth Rieper
[static5.businessinsider.com image 400x300]

Lisa Randall
[i115.photobucket.com image 319x480]

Deborah Berebichez
[img844.imageshack.us image 394x524]

Kim-Vy Tran
[i115.photobucket.com image 393x482]

Amy Mainzer
[i115.photobucket.com image 438x382]

Sarah Kavassalis
[i115.photobucket.com image 301x388]

/objectification is fun



I would gladly watch the video if it featured one of them stripping.

In fact, I dare say I would fap to it.
 
2013-02-19 08:59:26 AM
Meh, he's just proving that he's not the inventor of the first time machine. I do that every regretful weekend.
 
2013-02-19 09:01:52 AM
 
2013-02-19 09:02:28 AM

syrynxx: nmrsnr: But that message only gets across if the professor says that's the point (or if you are already familiar with QM in some way) otherwise they just think you're a crazy person.

Meh, my QM teacher opened his two-class series by saying that he wanted to teach a subject students wanted to learn.  QM is hard, and it's mathematical.  It's like being a five year old asking your parents "why, Daddy?" and they say "just do it!".

How can you learn QM in an auditorium-style classroom, though?  MIT is OK, Princeton used to be OK for physics.  Any class where you have giggling girls recording the wrong way on iPhones is not an environment where you'll be learning anything about QM.


Someone's got to give the TAs BJs
 
2013-02-19 09:09:55 AM
In my intro to QM class, the prof just started with Dirac equations. Putting them on the board, talking about them as if everyone knew what he was talking about. The class just sort of sat there stunned, not knowing even what he was talking about. But he continued this for about 3 or 4 classes until everyone sort of caught on eventually. There was no text or anything other than one copy of Feynman's lectures at the library.
 
2013-02-19 09:21:49 AM

Lydia_C: Canton: So just what are the drop/add statistics for that particular section?

/Curious minds want to know...

It's a required course. One lecture section only. Only way a student can drop in one semester is if they take it again the next semester.


So... it's like an academic hostage situation. And it looks like one, so...
 
2013-02-19 09:43:38 AM
It's art and the guy is a genius.
 
2013-02-19 09:49:21 AM

proteus_b: dready zim: No, he is right. There is a small chance you would go through it as though it didn`t exist. As if its existence didn`t matter.

sorry, it's not true. the probability of being on the other side of the door definitely depends on its existence. if you put a beam of particles incident on such a door, the current you'd see on the other side will depend on the potential's width... and will certainly be different than if there were no potential there. for better or worse, i have studied it out, on the subject of quantum shiat...


This is what I said, the probability would be affected by the door but at no point would the probability of anything happening become zero. So there is a non-zero chance that you would go through the door as though it did not exist. Do not try this at home, your home will not last long enough for you to be able to do this once. It`s not very likely.
 
2013-02-19 10:03:23 AM

Abacus9: LargeCanine: Folks like that should be paid what they are worth... part time at Starbucks.

How do you know what he's worth? He could be the most brilliant professor there.


Ah, but intelligence has little to do with value.
 
2013-02-19 10:07:35 AM

Felgraf: PunGent: Good post, but I'd make one refinement: "the earth is round" was the "original none of this makes sense" for the average layman.

Actually we've known the earth is round for over 2000 years. The whole thing with Columbus *WASN'T* that they thought the earth was flat. That's a popular myth-they'd known since the greeks it was round. Hell, the greeks calculated the circumfurence using shadows and were only a couple hundred miles off, if I remember right!

No, the thing with Columbus was he felt the greeks were wrong, and the circumfurence was MUCH smaller, so he could totally sail around the world. People wouldn't fund him not because they were convinced he'd fall off the face of the earth, but because they were pretty sure he was just going to die out in the ocean. And if America hadn't been in the way, he kind of would have.


Thank you. Very few people know that. Even average Europeans knew the earth was round. Can't figure out where this dismissive "people thought the earth was flat" idea came from. Bugs Bunny, maybe.
 
2013-02-19 10:09:04 AM

proteus_b: dready zim: No, he is right. There is a small chance you would go through it as though it didn`t exist. As if its existence didn`t matter.

sorry, it's not true. the probability of being on the other side of the door definitely depends on its existence. if you put a beam of particles incident on such a door, the current you'd see on the other side will depend on the potential's width... and will certainly be different than if there were no potential there. for better or worse, i have studied it out, on the subject of quantum shiat...


No, the probability is with interaction.  Think of Quantum Physics as being the answer to God, from a human perspective.  You can either know, or you can measure.  If you measure, you no longer know.  If you know, it's too late to have measured.  If you could know without measuring, you can act in advance.

In other words, if you could time it exactly right, you could step through the door at the moment at which the particles from your body would fit between the gaps in the door, and at the moment at which the energy cancels out.  Quantum Physics tells us we can't predict when that moment has happened, or when it will happen again, just that it will must have existed at some point.
 
2013-02-19 10:36:34 AM

awooga: Tenure. It is like pulling the pin on the hand grenade of eccentricities and lobbing it into the light of day.


I was thinking 'schizophrenic break from reality' before I read the comments here. I'm still not entirely convinced.

/And I'm pretty sure that, if according to QM there is a non-zero chance you can walk through a solid object, either there's a undiscovered law lurking in there or someone fundamentally misunderstood what they were talking about.
 
2013-02-19 10:37:38 AM

Felgraf: PunGent: Good post, but I'd make one refinement: "the earth is round" was the "original none of this makes sense" for the average layman.

Actually we've known the earth is round for over 2000 years. The whole thing with Columbus *WASN'T* that they thought the earth was flat. That's a popular myth-they'd known since the greeks it was round. Hell, the greeks calculated the circumfurence using shadows and were only a couple hundred miles off, if I remember right!

No, the thing with Columbus was he felt the greeks were wrong, and the circumfurence was MUCH smaller, so he could totally sail around the world. People wouldn't fund him not because they were convinced he'd fall off the face of the earth, but because they were pretty sure he was just going to die out in the ocean. And if America hadn't been in the way, he kind of would have.


Again, I'd fix that to MOST of us have known...
 
2013-02-19 10:44:03 AM

PsiChick: /And I'm pretty sure that, if according to QM there is a non-zero chance you can walk through a solid object, either there's a undiscovered law lurking in there or someone fundamentally misunderstood what they were talking about.


Nah, just admitting there's limit between where simple concepts like "solid" suddenly become extremely complex.  Most of everything is nothing, defined by energy push and pulling on the tiny tiny tiny bits of something we perceive as reality.  The closer you look, the more nothing you find in the something.  When you get small enough, you call it "force" and try and explain where it's coming from, outside of the Universe.
 
2013-02-19 10:49:40 AM

Mr Guy: PsiChick: /And I'm pretty sure that, if according to QM there is a non-zero chance you can walk through a solid object, either there's a undiscovered law lurking in there or someone fundamentally misunderstood what they were talking about.

Nah, just admitting there's limit between where simple concepts like "solid" suddenly become extremely complex.  Most of everything is nothing, defined by energy push and pulling on the tiny tiny tiny bits of something we perceive as reality.  The closer you look, the more nothing you find in the something.  When you get small enough, you call it "force" and try and explain where it's coming from, outside of the Universe.


Can you walk through a wall? No. Therefore, your prediction does not match reality. That's the definition of an invalid result. So there's still something missing. That, or the statement was hyperbole\made from a misunderstood premise.

/Yes, I get it that solid becomes extremely complex at times, but you cannot walk through a wall. There's a reason for that. Not knowing the reason does not mean we can suddenly walk through walls.
 
2013-02-19 10:58:49 AM

PsiChick: Mr Guy: PsiChick: /And I'm pretty sure that, if according to QM there is a non-zero chance you can walk through a solid object, either there's a undiscovered law lurking in there or someone fundamentally misunderstood what they were talking about.

Nah, just admitting there's limit between where simple concepts like "solid" suddenly become extremely complex.  Most of everything is nothing, defined by energy push and pulling on the tiny tiny tiny bits of something we perceive as reality.  The closer you look, the more nothing you find in the something.  When you get small enough, you call it "force" and try and explain where it's coming from, outside of the Universe.

Can you walk through a wall? No. Therefore, your prediction does not match reality. That's the definition of an invalid result. So there's still something missing. That, or the statement was hyperbole\made from a misunderstood premise.

/Yes, I get it that solid becomes extremely complex at times, but you cannot walk through a wall. There's a reason for that. Not knowing the reason does not mean we can suddenly walk through walls.


I didn't predict I could walk through a wall, that's where understanding falls down when people try and fit it into their world views.  I said there's a condition in which the particles in the wall and the particles of my body could be arrange such that they can occupy the same space.  Essentially, it's the exactly opposite of a cornstarch suspension.  There's a way, in the bounds of the universe, to impart force that causes certain fluids to instantly and temporarily align into solids.   There's really nothing in our understanding of physics that says the reverse isn't possible.  We do a version of it every time we use vibration to loosen something, or even use resonance to cause something to catastrophically fail.  There's no doubt there's a way to "bounce" solid objects through each other.
 
2013-02-19 11:01:44 AM
Ah, if I had tenure...
 
2013-02-19 11:08:09 AM

Mr Guy: I didn't predict I could walk through a wall, that's where understanding falls down when people try and fit it into their world views.  I said there's a condition in which the particles in the wall and the particles of my body could be arrange such that they can occupy the same space.  Essentially, it's the exactly opposite of a cornstarch suspension.  There's a way, in the bounds of the universe, to impart force that causes certain fluids to instantly and temporarily align into solids.   There's really nothing in our understanding of physics that says the reverse isn't possible.  We do a version of it every time we use vibration to loosen something, or even use resonance to cause something to catastrophically fail.  There's no doubt there's a way to "bounce" solid objects through each other.


See, that's reasonable and logical.  Also, not what I was responding to. :p
 
2013-02-19 11:22:00 AM

LargeCanine: Thank you. Very few people know that. Even average Europeans knew the earth was round. Can't figure out where this dismissive "people thought the earth was flat" idea came from. Bugs Bunny, maybe.


Some person wrote a book a while back that popularized the myth, I think. I wish I could remember the specifics.

... Hrm. Snopes may know!
 
2013-02-19 11:25:06 AM

LargeCanine: Felgraf: PunGent: Good post, but I'd make one refinement: "the earth is round" was the "original none of this makes sense" for the average layman.

Actually we've known the earth is round for over 2000 years. The whole thing with Columbus *WASN'T* that they thought the earth was flat. That's a popular myth-they'd known since the greeks it was round. Hell, the greeks calculated the circumfurence using shadows and were only a couple hundred miles off, if I remember right!

No, the thing with Columbus was he felt the greeks were wrong, and the circumfurence was MUCH smaller, so he could totally sail around the world. People wouldn't fund him not because they were convinced he'd fall off the face of the earth, but because they were pretty sure he was just going to die out in the ocean. And if America hadn't been in the way, he kind of would have.

Thank you. Very few people know that. Even average Europeans knew the earth was round. Can't figure out where this dismissive "people thought the earth was flat" idea came from. Bugs Bunny, maybe.


Aha! This explains it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_Flat_Earth

That, it explains where the myth that europeans thought the world was flat came from.
 
2013-02-19 11:33:25 AM

Jim_Callahan: Actually, QM pretty much says this doesn't happen, as on macro scales the math collapses into Newtonian mechanics.


Thank you. That needed to be said.
 
2013-02-19 12:41:24 PM
I see what he's going for, but how do I calculate the rate of Beta events with a standard dilepton invariant mass?
 
2013-02-19 12:46:29 PM

Felgraf: LargeCanine: Felgraf: PunGent: Good post, but I'd make one refinement: "the earth is round" was the "original none of this makes sense" for the average layman.

Actually we've known the earth is round for over 2000 years. The whole thing with Columbus *WASN'T* that they thought the earth was flat. That's a popular myth-they'd known since the greeks it was round. Hell, the greeks calculated the circumfurence using shadows and were only a couple hundred miles off, if I remember right!

No, the thing with Columbus was he felt the greeks were wrong, and the circumfurence was MUCH smaller, so he could totally sail around the world. People wouldn't fund him not because they were convinced he'd fall off the face of the earth, but because they were pretty sure he was just going to die out in the ocean. And if America hadn't been in the way, he kind of would have.

Thank you. Very few people know that. Even average Europeans knew the earth was round. Can't figure out where this dismissive "people thought the earth was flat" idea came from. Bugs Bunny, maybe.

Aha! This explains it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_Flat_Earth

That, it explains where the myth that europeans thought the world was flat came from.


That is much more interesting than my "Bugs Bunny" hypothesis.
 
2013-02-19 12:52:58 PM
He must have tenure
 
2013-02-19 03:14:59 PM
QM is where intelligence becomes so abstract it becomes dumb again.
 
2013-02-19 03:22:07 PM

PsyLord: Ah, if I had tenure...


No. You can not haz.
 
2013-02-19 03:24:59 PM
Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist:

That's what the guy says after his weird brain palate cleansing opener, but to be honest, at the point where he stripped to his underwear, put on a black hoodie, and started walking back and forth across the stage, I would have assumed he was going to pull out an assault rifle and start shooting indiscriminately into the crowd. The kids are laughing about it, but it seriously looked like he was going to commit mass murder.

That's what I was thinking. As soon as he started taking off his clothes and putting on a fresh clean murder-outfit I would have high-tailed it out of there.
 
2013-02-19 05:29:08 PM

Pointy Tail of Satan: We all know the Schrodinger cat experiment. But what would happen if one put a dead cat in the box?


The cat's qualitative state is already measured prior to the experiment being run. Like saying, I know this helium atom has an electron in 1 s without even sending an electron to bounce it to an alternate level.

If, however, the gas, instead of being poisoned was some sort of combination of 80% poison, 20% fountain of life steam, then the qualitative state of the cat remains indeterminate, and the experiment is still a valid comparison.
 
2013-02-19 07:16:12 PM
The Aristocrat
 
2013-02-19 10:27:07 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: It's weird, but it's no Yoko Ono.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ScyKztGA0


Still, more listenable than dubstep.
 
2013-02-20 12:02:47 AM

LargeCanine: Abacus9: LargeCanine: Folks like that should be paid what they are worth... part time at Starbucks.

How do you know what he's worth? He could be the most brilliant professor there.

Ah, but intelligence has little to do with value.


True, but I didn't mean his own personal intelligence, I meant his brilliance as a professor. As in, excellence at teaching the class.
 
2013-02-20 03:47:26 AM
Jim_Callahan:   There's really nothing that odd about it....

This is why your comments are still green to me after all this time.
 
2013-02-20 02:47:53 PM

nmrsnr: Jim_Callahan: There's really nothing that odd about it, things pretty much always behave somewhat differently in different length and time regimes than in ours.

I'm not going to argue with you too much, since you're basically right, I would, however, say that there is a fundamental difference between emergent mindfarks like fluid dynamics and fundamental mindfarks like QM. While there are plenty of regimes that are counter-intuitive to everyday experience, on a fundamental level they still treat objects classically, i.e. little ballistic objects hitting each other, conservation of mass and energy are strictly enforced, and if you really, really wanted to, you could come up with the same bizarre outcome from first principles (in theory, since computationally it'd take damn near forever).

QM on the other hand is different, it's bizarre and counter-intuitive, and it also says that "nothing I do can be explained classically" objects aren't well behaved ballistic objects hitting each other, they are everywhere at once until they decide they are actually somewhere (forgive the anthropomorphism, they don't decide anything, but I don't want to go into a discussion of what or how observation works). Mass-energy is only conserved in the long run, and no matter how much you try, there is no way you can describe QM using classical principles. So while I would say that yes, there are plenty of regimes in physics that are alien to ours, I would still argue that QM is fundamentally different, and therefor more astoundingly confusing.


Honestly QM actually made more sense than trying to jam classical physics into small sizes.  For example - motion of an electron.  The number of forces you have to deal with in classical physics makes any attempt at modeling it painful.  I guess if the universe was a single hydrogen atom you could use classical mechanics to describe the motion of the electron, but even a simple Helium atom would give you trouble.  QM gives you a nice probability field where it is going to be and for everything you need to do it makes everything nice and simple.  Quantum tunneling in semiconductors sounded odd...  until you realized that the space between nuceli is very big in comparison to the size of the electron and it suddenly made sense.  "Solid" as a concept kind of goes away when you get down to the molecular level - it's an illusion that holds up only under macro conditions, and then only if you don't look too carefully.
 
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