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i dont know where this is from, but i got it from metafilter:… - don't let the bastards grind you down.
taumeson
taumeson
i dont know where this is from, but i got it from metafilter:

"[Einstein] told us once: 'Life is finite. Time is infinite. The probability that I am alive today is zero. In spite of this, I am now alive. Now how is that?' None of his students had an answer. After a pause, Einstein said, 'Well, after the fact, one should not ask for probabilities.'"

that is AWESOME.
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qed From: qed Date: August 7th, 2002 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)

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Which is why probability functions for particles never decay to zero, no matter how far the distance.

It's always amazed me that the man who flipped the entire field of physics, and all the fields dependent upon it, completely upside down with relativity could never accept quantum theory because it wan't intuitive to him.
taumeson From: taumeson Date: August 7th, 2002 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

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i find it funny (though i'm sure you already know this, qed) that the original quantum physicists couldn't even agree on what to believe about it...they came up with multiple interpretations named after the cities those interpretations were first presented in, and then decided to follow the one that the majority of the math fit with....but it was still just a set of things to think about quantum physics, and by no means proven!

i bet ya that friend einstein's noodle.
qed From: qed Date: August 7th, 2002 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

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The whole thing was completely fucked up. At least with relativity, you could contruct some analogies that made it seem a little intuitive, is still completely bizarre. Quantum mechanics pretty much threw all that out the window, and QED was even worse. For hundreds of years, science explained everything, finding answers that were correct and that made sense. It looked like a complete replacement for religion: if we just follow the scientific method and do enough research, we'll eventually know everything. Instead, we found out that our most fundamental theory, which does a wonderful job of predicting almost every measurable phenomenon, makes absolutely no sense and tells us there are certain things that aren't even predictable.

Almost makes you want to take up philosophy....
kellibunny From: kellibunny Date: August 8th, 2002 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

*waves hello*

MMMmmmm men talking about Einstein and quantum physics. Too sexy. *smile*
taumeson From: taumeson Date: August 8th, 2002 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *waves hello*

um. hi? you pop on over here from academics_anon?
kellibunny From: kellibunny Date: August 9th, 2002 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmmm yes i suppose that is how i bumped into you. I was just directed to that community a few days ago. :) So i thought i'd say hi.
swolfe From: swolfe Date: August 9th, 2002 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
based on your profile, you'd probably also like thereadingroom, booktards, and books.

you also have more interests in common with me than anyone else i've seen :)
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