Saturday, November 28, 2020

Quantum Physics Explained Meme Style

Quantum physics is generally considered a complicated topic, a topic which often stymies the layperson.  One of the most mind-bending topics of quantum physics is the Copenhagen interpretation, the proposal that the position of subatomic particles cannot be determined until they are observed, and that only probable positions can be estimated.  There are two sets of rules, one for unobserved particles and one for particles under observation.  I recently found a hilarious, easy explanation of the Copenhagen interpretation that employs the Distracted Boyfriend meme:

This is a masterpiece of science communication, a simple, memorable illustration of a complex scientific principle, using a funny, broadly recognized image as a delivery device. It's nice to see that someone is out there making science fun for contemporary audiences.

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