Click here for part one. Observer’s effect Now that we’re properly in the realm of the peculiar, here’s another little tidbit that can, at best, be described as bizarre. Immortalized in the form of the famous Schrodinger’s Cat experiment, the Observer’s Effect is known to confound every one. Basically, it entails (hypothetically) trapping a cat in a … More 10 physics facts to make your brain explode: Part two
Let’s face it. Understanding the Universe is no small feat. We’re talking about finding answers to every imaginable question and then finding more questions to find answers to. And although, physics is notoriously known for its complicated equations and convoluted slang, it is possible to be charmed by its beauty without having to delve into … More 10 physics facts to make your brain explode: Part one
While doing a science experiment, a scientist needs to account for errors (that range from errors in her device to errors in her methodology). Through the course of her calculations, these errors propagate leading to a final error estimate in the result. Depending on the calculation she is doing, a small error in a measurement can lead … More PROPAGATION OF ERRORS
In September of last year, Scientists at LIGO came across the discovery of the century: Gravitational Waves. The waves that were detected were produced as a result of a black hole merger 1.3 BILLION years ago. So for today’s post, here’s something incredibly exciting- the sound of two black holes colliding. If you want to … More GRAVITATIONAL WAVES: A SYMPHONY
As anyone with any experience in the kitchen would tell you, “A watched pot never boils.” The meaning attributed to this adage is that time feels longer when you are waiting. But I’m going to chuck this dictionary definition down the rabbit hole and dive into its literal meaning (all in the purview of actual … More Acts of Observation: Quantum Cats and Kitchen Advice
On February 11, David Reitze spoke the words many of us have been waiting to hear since September of last year. “We have detected gravitational waves. We did it.” He said to a round of applause. To understand the magnitude of this discovery we need to step back to when Einstein first proposed his General … More One Blip for LIGO, One Massive Leap For Mankind
(Or at least physics. But I reckon it’s pretty much the same for the other disciplines as well.) It is said that Thomas Edison failed 999 times while inventing the light bulb. So, it is obvious that your journey to the next metaphorical light bulb will be riddled with failures. These can be as simple … More How *Not* To Do Science.