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(Gawker)   Ivy-league physics professor starts class by stripping while showing footage of Hitler and 9/11. Then it gets weird (with video)   (gawker.com) divider line 29
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2013-02-19 12:09:38 AM
8 votes:
Is this... going to be on the test?
2013-02-18 11:58:23 PM
6 votes:
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?
2013-02-19 01:50:22 AM
5 votes:
A combination of strangeness and charm.
2013-02-19 03:54:57 AM
3 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-02-19 01:38:31 AM
3 votes:

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 01:33:07 AM
3 votes:
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 01:21:39 AM
3 votes:
What are the odds that guy has a dungeon?
2013-02-19 03:18:23 AM
2 votes:

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 01:52:37 AM
2 votes:

bighairyguy: A combination of strangeness and charm.


that post is top
2013-02-19 12:49:02 AM
2 votes:
i3.ytimg.com
2013-02-19 07:35:32 AM
1 votes:
I read this entire thread in Sheldon Coopers voice.
2013-02-19 06:35:22 AM
1 votes:

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 06:21:00 AM
1 votes:
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 05:27:05 AM
1 votes:
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 05:21:51 AM
1 votes:

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 04:53:58 AM
1 votes:

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 03:00:33 AM
1 votes:
Meh. Amateur.

i.imgur.com
2013-02-19 02:54:28 AM
1 votes:
I think you guys are thinking a little too deeply here.

img690.imageshack.us
2013-02-19 02:42:02 AM
1 votes:
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 02:28:30 AM
1 votes:

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 02:14:43 AM
1 votes:
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 01:46:48 AM
1 votes:

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 01:31:39 AM
1 votes:

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


A dungeon?  In Manhattan?  On a Columbia faculty salary?
2013-02-19 01:30:53 AM
1 votes:
*scans headline*

twimg0-a.akamaihd.net
2013-02-19 01:28:26 AM
1 votes:
The Aristocrats!

/dnwtv
2013-02-19 01:27:38 AM
1 votes:

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 12:15:03 AM
1 votes:

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 12:01:06 AM
1 votes:

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."
2013-02-18 11:58:49 PM
1 votes:
I'm sure he had a point, but I doubt it made any difference.  I think introductory professors just get bored.
 
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