The Interpretation of a Theory

**This was originally “tweeted” on August 23rd, 2012** A theory is a formal description of nature (meaning, a mathematical frame set with a link to lab stuff) which can make predictions of observations. Verification of these predictions are made through the trials of experiments and comparing what the theory says about its outcomes and whatContinue reading “The Interpretation of a Theory”

C H A R G E

According to the way Heisenberg did it, in quantum mechanics, both the position and the momentum come out as probabilities whenever you perform a measurement. The math states that these two probability distributions are Fourier Transforms of each other. Oddly enough, there is a theorem of the Fourier Transforms [of each other] that says theContinue reading “C H A R G E”

I Hope I’m Being Coherent And A Little Less Incoherent About Decoherence

First of all, I would like to point out that both randomness and determinism, in the effect of decoherence, are both attributes of theory that are, as a result, developed. Decoherence irreversibly converts quantum behavior (additive probability amplitudes) to more classical behavior (additive probabilities), however, this requires noticing the role of the physicist in theContinue reading “I Hope I’m Being Coherent And A Little Less Incoherent About Decoherence”

M A R S

I, for one, was not all that thrilled about the landing of Curiosity on the Red Planet (of course it’s “red” due to a teensy amount of oxygen) last month nor am I ecstatic about NASA’s plans to send yet another robot to Mars for “drilling” purportedly in 2016. I, especially, object to the ideaContinue reading “M A R S”

Re-examining Scientific “Expertise” and the Purpose of Peer Review

There’s a quote from the book, Rethinking Expertise: “…people who have this kind of expertise share some of the tacit knowledge of the communities of practitioners while still not having the full set of skills that would allow them to make original contributions to the field…” For most practicing scientists [and engineers], they tend toContinue reading “Re-examining Scientific “Expertise” and the Purpose of Peer Review”

First, There’s The Experiment, And Then There’s The Outcome…(Quantum Physics)

In most cases, there is always a large amount or “randomness” involved in experiments such as EPR-Bell experiments when getting the final outcome. For instance, the angle is random and should be set in the very last moment (i.e., outside A’s light-cone) to do it properly. And, depending on the relative angle [a-b], you getContinue reading “First, There’s The Experiment, And Then There’s The Outcome…(Quantum Physics)”