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Date: 07/28/12 01:30 PM

13 Responses to QED: The Strange Properties Of Reflected Light

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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    July 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    Link: QED: The Strange Properties Of Reflected Light - A description of how, at a quantum level, the reflection of light is governed by probability amplitudes. SCIENCE!
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    July 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    We all think we know how light reflects from our everyday experiences of looking in mirrors and other reflective surfaces. This video demonstrates that, at a quantum level, those everyday phenomena we think we understand in fact have a deeper cause related to the dual wave/particle nature of light.

    This video is intended for laymen. If you`re interested in hearing about the same phenomena in more depth from a real master of the subject, this lecture by Richard Feynman explores the concept of Probability Amplitudes in more detail.
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    Hellsh Male 30-39
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    July 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    Great post, thank you!
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    Barnk Male 30-39
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    July 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    The light reflecting off the ends of the long mirror did not bounce off at the same angle as they hit.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    July 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm
    So the real question here is, who spent millions of R&D dollars to figure out that you can affect reflections in glass based on the thickness of the glass?
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    July 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm
    I love this junk. Thanks MacG.
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
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    July 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm
    This is really enjoyable stuff, but I do appreciate your second link much more MacGuffin. This guy`s voice was a little annoying and I find Feynman much more bearable.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    July 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm
    It show us how little we know about our reality. We dont even fully understand the properties of light itself
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    July 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm
    OK OK, I get all that. I have only one question: What practical purpose is there to knowing magnetic moment to 16 significant digits?
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm
    he likes spinning things
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    JNou Male 30-39
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    July 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm
    Was actually looking forward to this video. Couldn`t get past how annoying this guy`s voice was.
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    July 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm
    I didn`t watch the whole thing. But does this say anything about the phenomenon of having your kitchen lights on and not being able to see out (while maintaining a stronger reflection), vs. turning them off and being able to see out without others looking in so well? It seems obvious, but it`s a window isn`t it? Why should it work differently when the sun`s out and you can see either way just as easily?
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    March 17, 2013 at 1:08 am

    @Draculya - You`ll almost defiantly never see this. The probability is nearly 0...scientists could probably measure it to 0.0000000000000000001321%.

    Maybe the best reason to measure and estimate to such a high degree is not for practical application. More likely is for proof of concept. Newtonian physics can be seen and demonstrated. Like...if you drop a ball, you can SEE and measure how fast it drops. Quantum physics cannot be viewed because, simply viewing a particle changes what it is doing, where it is, and where it`s going. By measuring an testing to such a high degree, it shows that the current theorys on how things work is correct!

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