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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Interview with Brian Cox: Quantum Physics in School Would Teach Analytic Scientific Thinking

Professor Brian Cox: Quantum physics 'is not difficult' by SciBinge

A great interview, frustrating at times.

While disguised as being witty, a happily ignorant BBC host interviews Brian Cox (of CERN) and Jeff Forshaw, the latter two who together recently wrote a new book "Quantum Universe."

[Edit: You can find a link to their book, "Quantum Universe" right there if you click that button on the right column.]

Together they try to explain why it is important for everyone to understand the basics of quantum physics.  They have a wonderful tendency to get rather poetic about science.

About the interview from BBC's site: "The news is full of the Large Hadron Collider's search for the "God particle" and debate over the speed of light, but how many people understand the physics that lies behind it?"

First off, stop calling it the "god particle," this has been addressed a thousand times.

Secondly, asking how many people understand A-the higgs particle and B-superluminal neutrinos is a ridiculous question.  The higgs hasn't been found and OPERA's neutrino experiment is still working to be verified.

Now the quantum physics that HAS been verified, that's what is being TAUGHT. I wish I could have interviewed these guys.  *sigh*

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