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Typos

Nick Hay's picture

A couple of minor typos: “reduction coud deliver”; “from a combination of quantum with relativity” should be “quantum mechanics”?

That gold note is golden!

Kenny's picture

That’s a pretty mind-blowing fact; that the color of gold is a relativistic phenomena.

This page made me wonder how The Machines in The Matrix handled nebulosity and ‘leaky ontologies’.

My favorite factoid

James's picture

One of my favorite physics factoids is along the same lines: the Sun should not be heavy enough to produce fusion under classical mechanics. Instead it’s accomplished through quantum tunneling.

One way I’ve read it described is this: The pressure in the Sun’s core severely restricts the possible velocities of the protons in there. This increase in certainty about velocity causes a corresponding decrease in the certainty about position. As the positions of the protons gets fuzzier – more nebulous, you might say – eventually they start overlapping. This gives them an opportunity to bypass their repulsive forces and fuse.

Great examples

Olga's picture

Thank you very much for the examples, I finally understood how postmodern critique also applies to natural sciences. Before that I assumed that it mostly applies to social sciences.

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