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QED: The Strange Properties Of Reflected Light

Hits: 5554 | Rating: (2.1) | Category: Science | Added by: MacGuffin
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Male, 30-39, Western US
 4285 Posts
Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:08:12 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!

Male, 18-29, Western US
 3672 Posts
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 8:59:30 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?

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 19 Posts
Monday, July 30, 2012 10:57:39 PM
Was actually looking forward to this video. Couldn't get past how annoying this guy's voice was.

Male, 18-29, S. America
 2864 Posts
Sunday, July 29, 2012 6:52:32 PM
he likes spinning things

Male, 40-49, Asia
 13785 Posts
Saturday, July 28, 2012 10:57:07 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?

Male, 18-29, S. America
 15499 Posts
Saturday, July 28, 2012 6:51:57 PM
It show us how little we know about our reality. We dont even fully understand the properties of light itself

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 1570 Posts
Saturday, July 28, 2012 4:16:00 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.

Male, 30-39, Western US
 4285 Posts
Saturday, July 28, 2012 4:08:33 PM
I love this junk. Thanks MacG.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 4827 Posts
Saturday, July 28, 2012 3:51:14 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?

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 485 Posts
Saturday, July 28, 2012 3:47:50 PM
The light reflecting off the ends of the long mirror did not bounce off at the same angle as they hit.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 86 Posts
Saturday, July 28, 2012 2:52:26 PM
Great post, thank you!

Female, 30-39, Europe
 2596 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:15:13 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.

Female, 30-39, Europe
 2596 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:06:13 PM
Link: QED: The Strange Properties Of Reflected Light [Rate Link] - A description of how, at a quantum level, the reflection of light is governed by probability amplitudes. SCIENCE!

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