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Most Beautiful Experiment in Physics

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the beauty-is-truth,-truth-beauty dept.

Science 141

An anonymous reader writes "Robert P. Crease has concluded his poll asking what the most beautiful experiment in physics is. The winner was Young's double slit experiment performed using a single electron. Attentive readers will remember that Slashdot had a discussion of Crease's question previously, which Crease mentions in his current article." If you're unfamiliar with the experiment, Google pulls up a bunch of applets and demonstrations.

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141 comments

fp (-1)

Shaklee3 (576563) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174292)

first post, how about all of you linux loving faggots get down and suck my balls because no one gives a fuck about linux. eat my shit you cocksucking whores. i won.

Re:fp (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174361)

Dear Sir,
YOU ARE AN ASSHOLE!
That is all.
Peace, Love, Goats.
Sincerely Yours,
FTM

ok you fuckin assholes (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174431)

where the fuck is trollaxor.com, you fucking assclowns@!!!!!!! slashdot is tehy gayest!! go and fuck your dirty ass ho, cmdr taco!!!! we all had a piece of dat kathellend fent ass. even fat fuck cowboi kneel!!!!! fuck you!!! die yuo stopid mothearfukarszz!!!!!!!!! eat my aidz infected KOCK and ideeeieee!!!!! fuck salshdot!!!

Re:ok you fuckin assholes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4175218)

Fucking Trollaxor. Eat my shit, jailboy.
You have a lame fucking site using Scoop which was mildly interesting and then you TAKE IT DOWN like a big pussyboy. Did you get threatening calls from Holland, Michigan? Were you found modding up a slashbot?
Fuck you, Trollaxor.

fp? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174295)

All this talk of creases and slits is making me hungry.

Re:fp? (1, Offtopic)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174682)

seriously. Where else but slashdot would a bunch of teenagers discuss "double slits" and "creases" and not be thinking of girls?

Re:fp? (1)

bcarlson (516657) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174836)

you weren't talking about girls?

Re:fp? (1)

waldo2020 (592242) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174949)

the reality is that this ~is~ slashdot... so the appropriate response is.. "what's a girl?" ;)

Une (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174298)

est le nombre le plus isolée que tu fais jamais.

Re:Une (-1)

Shaklee3 (576563) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174316)

shut the fuck up you stupid spic, go make yourself useful and pick some grapes.

Suce ma bitte (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174329)

poutaine!

Re:Une (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174348)

Thats French, not Spanish, dumbass. Take your racial slurs elsewhere.

What? (0, Redundant)

Professor Collins (604482) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174303)

No pictures?

Re:What? (1)

coolfrood (459411) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174537)

Well, Mr. Heisenberg wouldn't let you take pictures. If you did, your experiment won't remain what you set out to do. You interfered with it

Re:What? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174553)

I'll show you MY double slit.

Simple != Simple (2, Offtopic)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174326)

The beauty of this experiment is not just the effect that it generates but the way it simply demonstrates a complex phenomena. By complex I mean that it demonstrates that light travels as waves, until you fire only 1 photon then you prove it travels as particles as well.

Simple, brilliant and something that the more you learn about physics the more you learn about what the experiment shows.

Re:Simple != Simple (1)

abraxas (19266) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174343)

Exactly!!

The slit thought experiment compares really well with Schroedinger's Cat as sublime in it's simplicity to convey an advanced Quantum Mechanics idea to someone without lots of math background.

Re:Simple != Simple (2, Redundant)

WolfWithoutAClause (162946) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174405)

Um. Actually it was the Young's slit experiment with a single electron that won.

This shows that matter is made up of waves too. Everyone knew that light was made up of waves...

Re:Simple != Simple (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174549)

They said: End gun violence, get rid of guns.
I said: Stop date rape, end dating.

Re:Simple != Simple (1)

cameldrv (53081) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174586)

When you fire the one electron or photon, it's still a wave. This is unexpected bit, as with only a single electron, it has to go through both slits in order to create interference.

Re:Simple != Simple (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174751)

It has come to my attention that the entire Linux community is a hotbed of so called 'alternative sexuality,' which includes anything from hedonistic orgies to homosexuality to pedophilia.

What better way of demonstrating this than by looking at the hidden messages contained within the names of some of Linux's most outspoken advocates:

Linus Torvalds is an anagram of slit anus or VD 'L,' clearly referring to himself by the first initial.
Richard M. Stallman, spokespervert for the Gaysex's Not Unusual 'movement' is an anagram of mans cram thrill ad.
Alan Cox is barely an anagram of anal cox which is just so filthy and unchristian it unnerves me.
I'm sure that Eric S. Raymond, composer of the satanic homosexual propaganda diatribe The Cathedral and the Bizarre, is probably an anagram of something queer, but we don't need to look that far as we know he's always shoving a gun up some poor little boy's rectum. Update: Eric S. Raymond is actually an anagram for secondary rim and cord in my arse. It just goes to show you that he is indeed queer.

Update the Second: It is also documented that Evil Sicko Gaymond is responsible for a nauseating piece of code called Fetchmail, which is obviously sinister sodomite slang for 'Felch Male' -- a disgusting practise. For those not in the know, 'felching' is the act performed by two perverts wherein one sucks their own post-coital ejaculate out of the other's rectum. In fact, it appears that the dirty Linux faggots set out to undermine the good Republican institution of e-mail, turning it into 'e-male.'

As far as Richard 'Master' Stallman goes, that filthy fudge-packer was actually quoted on leftist commie propaganda site Salon.com as saying the following: 'I've been resistant to the pressure to conform in any circumstance,' he says. 'It's about being able to question conventional wisdom,' he asserts. 'I believe in love, but not monogamy,' he says plainly.

And this isn't a made up troll bullshit either! He actually stated this tripe, which makes it obvious that he is trying to politely say that he's a flaming homo slut!

Speaking about 'flaming,' who better to point out as a filthy chutney ferret than Slashdot's very own self-confessed pederast Jon Katz. Although an obvious deviant anagram cannot be found from his name, he has already confessed, nay boasted of the homosexual perversion of corrupting the innocence of young children. To quote from the article linked:

'I've got a rare kidney disease,' I told her. 'I have to go to the bathroom a lot. You can come with me if you want, but it takes a while. Is that okay with you? Do you want a note from my doctor?'

Is this why you were touching your penis in the cinema, Jon? And letting the other boys touch it too?

We should also point out that Jon Katz refers to himself as 'Slashdot's resident Gasbag.' Is there any more doubt? For those fortunate few who aren't aware of the list of homosexual terminology found inside the Linux 'Sauce Code,' a 'Gasbag' is a pervert who gains sexual gratification from having a thin straw inserted into his urethra (or to use the common parlance, 'piss-pipe'), then his homosexual lover blows firmly down the straw to inflate his scrotum. This is, of course, when he's not busy violating the dignity and copyright of posters to Slashdot by gathering together their postings and publishing them en masse to further his twisted and manipulative journalistic agenda.

Sick, disgusting antichristian perverts, the lot of them.

In addition, many of the Linux distributions (a 'distribution' is the most common way to spread the faggots' wares) are run by faggot groups. The Slackware distro is named after the 'Slack-wear' fags wear to allow easy access to the anus for sexual purposes. Furthermore, Slackware is a close anagram of claw arse, a reference to the homosexual practise of anal fisting. The Mandrake product is run by a group of French faggot satanists, and is named after the faggot nickname for the vibrator. It was also chosen because it is an anagram for dark amen and ram naked, which is what they do.

Another 'distro,' (abbrieviated as such because it sounds a bit like 'Disco,' which is where homosexuals preyed on young boys in the 1970s), is Debian, an anagram of in a bed, which could be considered innocent enough (after all, a bed is both where we sleep and pray), until we realise what other names Debian uses to describe their foul wares. 'Woody' is obvious enough, being a term for the erect male penis, glistening with pre-cum. But far sicker is the phrase 'Frozen Potato' that they use. This filthy term, again found in the secret homosexual 'Sauce Code,' refers to the solo homosexual practice of defecating into a clear polythene bag, shaping the turd into a crude approximation of the male phallus, then leaving it in the freezer overnight until it becomes solid. The practitioner then proceeds to push the frozen 'potato' up his own rectum, squeezing it in and out until his tight young balls erupt in a screaming orgasm.

And Red Hat is secret homo slang for the tip of a penis that is soaked in blood from a freshly violated underage ringpiece.

The fags have even invented special tools to aid their faggotry! For example, the 'supermount' tool was devised to allow deeper penetration, which is good for fags because it gives more pressure on the prostate gland. 'Automount' is used, on the other hand, because Linux users are all fat and gay, and need to mount each other automatically.

The depths of their depravity can be seen in their use of 'mount points.' These are, plainly speaking, the different points of penetration. The main one is obviously /anus, but there are others. Militant fags even say 'there is no /opt mount point' because for these dirty perverts faggotry is not optional but a way of life.

More evidence is in the fact that Linux users say how much they love `man`, even going so far as to say that all new Linux users (who are in fact just innocent heterosexuals indoctrinated by the gay propaganda) should try out `man`. In no other system do users boast of their frequent recourse to a man.

Other areas of the system also show Linux's inherit gayness. For example, people are often told of the 'FAQ,' but how many innocent heterosexual Windows users know what this actually means. The answer is shocking: Faggot Anal Quest: the voyage of discovery for newly converted fags!

Even the title 'Slashdot' originally referred to a homosexual practice. Slashdot of course refers to the popular gay practice of blood-letting. The Slashbots, of course are those super-zealous homosexuals who take this perversion to its extreme by ripping open their anuses, as seen on the site most popular with Slashdot users, the depraved work of Satan, http://www.eff.org/.

The editors of Slashdot also have homosexual names: 'Hemos' is obvious in itself, being one vowel away from 'Homos.' But even more sickening is 'Commander Taco' which sounds a bit like 'Commode in Taco,' filthy gay slang for a pair of spreadeagled buttocks that are caked with excrement. (The best form of lubrication, they insist.) Sometimes, these 'Taco Commodes' have special 'Salsa Sauce' (blood from a ruptured rectum) and 'Cheese' (rancid flakes of penis discharge) toppings. And to make it even worse, Slashdot runs on Apache!

The Apache server, whose use among fags is as prevalent as AIDS, is named after homosexual activity -- as everyone knows, popular faggot band, the Village People, featured an Apache Indian, and it is for him that this gay program is named.

And that's not forgetting the use of patches in the Linux fag world -- patches are used to make the anus accessible for repeated anal sex even after its rupture by a session of fisting.

To summarise: Linux is gay. 'Slash -- Dot' is the graphical description of the space between a young boy's scrotum and anus. And BeOS is for hermaphrodites and disabled 'stumpers.'

FEEDBACK

What worries me is how much you know about what gay people do. I'm scared I actually read this whole thing. I think this post is a good example of the negative effects of Internet usage on people. This person obviously has no social life anymore and had to result to writing something as stupid as this. And actually take the time to do it too. Although... I think it was satire.. blah.. it's early. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
Well, the only reason I know all about this is because I had the misfortune to read the Linux 'Sauce code' once. Although publicised as the computer code needed to get Linux up and running on a computer (and haven't you always been worried about the phrase 'Monolithic Kernel'?), this foul document is actually a detailed and graphic description of every conceivable degrading perversion known to the human race, as well as a few of the major animal species. It has shocked and disturbed me, to the point of needing to shock and disturb the common man to warn them of the impending homo-calypse which threatens to engulf our planet.

You must work for the government. Trying to post the most obscene stuff in hopes that slashdot won't be able to continue or something, due to legal woes. If i ever see your ugly face, i'm going to stick my fireplace poker up your ass, after it's nice and hot, to weld shut that nasty gaping hole of yours. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
Doesn't it give you a hard-on to imagine your thick strong poker ramming it's way up my most sacred of sphincters? You're beyond help, my friend, as the only thing you can imagine is the foul penetrative violation of another man. Are you sure you're not Eric Raymond? The government, being populated by limp-wristed liberals, could never stem the sickening tide of homosexual child molesting Linux advocacy. Hell, they've given NAMBLA free reign for years!

you really should post this logged in. i wish i could remember jebus's password, cuz i'd give it to you. -- mighty jebus, Slashdot
Thank you for your kind words of support. However, this document shall only ever be posted anonymously. This is because the 'Open Sauce' movement is a sham, proposing homoerotic cults of hero worshipping in the name of freedom. I speak for the common man. For any man who prefers the warm, enveloping velvet folds of a woman's vagina to the tight puckered ringpiece of a child. These men, being common, decent folk, don't have a say in the political hypocrisy that is Slashdot culture. I am the unknown liberator.

ROLF LAMO i hate linux FAGGOTS -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
We shouldn't hate them, we should pity them for the misguided fools they are... Fanatical Linux zeal-outs need to be herded into camps for re-education and subsequent rehabilitation into normal heterosexual society. This re-education shall be achieved by forcing them to watch repeats of Baywatch until the very mention of Pamela Anderson causes them to fill their pants with healthy heterosexual jism.

Actually, that's not at all how scrotal inflation works. I understand it involves injecting sterile saline solution into the scrotum. I've never tried this, but you can read how to do it safely in case you're interested. (Before you moderate this down, ask yourself honestly -- who are the real crazies -- people who do scrotal inflation, or people who pay $1000+ for a game console?) -- double_h, Slashdot
Well, it just goes to show that even the holy Linux 'sauce code' is riddled with bugs that need fixing. (The irony of Jon Katz not even being able to inflate his scrotum correctly has not been lost on me.) The Linux pervert elite already acknowledge this, with their queer slogan: 'Given enough arms, all rectums are shallow.' And anyway, the PS2 sucks major cock and isn't worth the money. Intellivision forever!

dude did u used to post on msnbc's nt bulletin board now that u are doing anti-gay posts u also need to start in with anti-black stuff too c u in church -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
For one thing, whilst Linux is a cavalcade of queer propaganda masquerading as the future of computing, NT is used by people who think nothing better of encasing their genitals in quick setting plaster then going to see a really dirty porno film, enjoying the restriction enforced onto them. Remember, a wasted arousal is a sin in the eyes of the Catholic church. Clearly, the only god-fearing Christian operating system in existence is CP/M -- The Christian Program Monitor. All computer users should immediately ask their local pastor to install this fine OS onto their systems. It is the only route to salvation.

Secondly, this message is for every man. Computers know no colour. Not only that, but one of the finest websites in the world is maintained by a Black Man . Now fuck off you racist donkey felcher.

And don't forget that slashdot was written in Perl, which is just too close to 'Pearl Necklace' for comfort.... oh wait; that's something all you heterosexuals do.... I can't help but wonder how much faster the trolls could do First-Posts on this site if it were redone in PHP... I could hand-type dynamic HTML pages faster than Perl can do them. -- phee, Slashdot
Although there is nothing unholy about the fine heterosexual act of ejaculating between a woman's breasts, squirting one's load up towards her neck and chin area, it should be noted that Perl (standing for Pansies Entering Rectums Locally) is also close to 'Pearl Monocle,' 'Pearl Nosering,' and the ubiquitous 'Pearl Enema.'

One scary thing about Perl is that it contains hidden homosexual messages. Take the following code: LWP::Simple -- It looks innocuous enough, doesn't it? But look at the line closely: There are two colons next to each other! As Larry 'Balls to the' Wall would openly admit in the Perl Documentation, Perl was designed from the ground up to indoctrinate it's programmers into performing unnatural sexual acts -- having two colons so closely together is clearly a reference to the perverse sickening act of 'colon kissing,' whereby two homosexual queers spread their buttocks wide, pressing their filthy torn sphincters together. They then share small round objects like marbles or golfballs by passing them from one rectum to another using muscle contraction alone. This is also referred to in programming 'circles' as 'Parameter Passing.'

And PHP stands for Perverted Homosexual Penetration. Didn't you know?

Thank you for your valuable input on this. I am sure you will be never forgotten. BTW: Did I mention that this could be useful in terraforming Mars? Mars rulaa. -- Eimernase, Slashdot
Well, I don't know about terraforming Mars, but I do know that homosexual Linux Advocates have been probing Uranus for years.

That's inspiring. Keep up the good work, AC. May God in his wisdom grant you the strength to bring the plain honest truth to this community, and make it pure again. Yours, Cerberus. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
*sniff* That brings a tear to my eye. Thank you once more for your kind support. I have taken faith in the knowledge that I am doing the Good Lord's work, but it is encouraging to know that I am helping out the common man here.

However, I should be cautious about revealing your name 'Cerberus' on such a filthy den of depravity as Slashdot. It is a well known fact that the 'Kerberos' documentation from Microsoft is a detailed manual describing, in intimate, exacting detail, how to sexually penetrate a variety of unwilling canine animals; be they domesticated, wild, or mythical. Slashdot posters have taken great pleasure in illegally spreading this documentation far and wide, treating it as an 'extension' to the Linux 'Sauce Code,' for the sake of 'interoperability.' (The slang term they use for nonconsensual intercourse -- their favourite kind.)

In fact, sick twisted Linux deviants are known to have LAN parties, (Love of Anal Naughtiness, needless to say.), wherein they entice a stray dog, known as the 'Samba Mount,' into their homes. Up to four of these filth-sodden blasphemers against nature take turns to plunge their erect, throbbing, uncircumcised members, conkers-deep, into the rectum, mouth, and other fleshy orifices of the poor animal. Eventually, the 'Samba Mount' collapses due to 'overload,' and needs to be 'rebooted.' (i.e., kicked out into the street, and left to fend for itself.) Many Linux users boast about their 'uptime' in such situations.

Inspiring stuff! If only all trolls were this quality! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
If only indeed. You can help our brave cause by moderating this message up as often as possible. I recommend '+1, Underrated,' as that will protect your precious Karma in Metamoderation. Only then can we break through the glass ceiling of Homosexual Slashdot Culture. Is it any wonder that the new version of Slashcode has been christened 'Bender'???

If we can get just one of these postings up to at least '+1,' then it will be archived forever! Others will learn of our struggle, and join with us in our battle for freedom!

It's pathetic you've spent so much time writing this. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
I am compelled to document the foulness and carnal depravity that is Linux, in order that we may prepare ourselves for the great holy war that is to follow. It is my solemn duty to peel back the foreskin of ignorance and apply the wire brush of enlightenment.

As with any great open-source project, you need someone asking this question, so I'll do it. When the hell is version 2.0 going to be ready?!?! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
I could make an arrogant, childish comment along the lines of 'Every time someone asks for 2.0, I won't release it for another 24 hours,' but the truth of the matter is that I'm quite nervous of releasing a 'number two,' as I can guarantee some filthy shit-slurping Linux pervert would want to suck it straight out of my anus before I've even had chance to wipe.

I desperately want to suck your monolithic kernel, you sexy hunk, you. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
I sincerely hope you're Natalie Portman.

Dude, nothing on slashdot larger than 3 paragraphs is worth reading. Try to distill the message, whatever it was, and maybe I'll read it. As it is, I have to much open source software to write to waste even 10 seconds of precious time. 10 seconds is all its gonna take M$ to whoop Linux's ass. Vigilence is the price of Free (as in libre -- from the fine, frou frou French language) Software. Hack on fellow geeks, and remember: Friday is Bouillabaisse day except for heathens who do not believe that Jesus died for their sins. Those godless, oil drench, bearded sexist clowns can pull grits from their pantaloons (another fine, fine French word) and eat that. Anyway, try to keep your message focused and concise. For concision is the soul of derision. Way. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
What the fuck?

I've read your gay conspiracy post version 1.3.0 and I must say I'm impressed. In particular, I appreciate how you have managed to squeeze in a healthy dose of the latent homosexuality you gay-bashing homos tend to be full of. Thank you again. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
Well bugger me!

ooooh honey. how insecure are you!!! wann a little massage from deare bruci. love you -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot
Fuck right off!

IMPORTANT: This message needs to be heard (Not HURD, which is an acronym for 'Huge Unclean Rectal Dilator') across the whole community, so it has been released into the Public Domain. You know, that licence that we all had before those homoerotic crypto-fascists came out with the GPL (Gay Penetration License) that is no more than an excuse to see who's got the biggest feces-encrusted cock. I would have put this up on Freshmeat, but that name is known to be a euphemism for the tight rump of a young boy.

Come to think of it, the whole concept of 'Source Control' unnerves me, because it sounds a bit like 'Sauce Control,' which is a description of the homosexual practice of holding the base of the cock shaft tightly upon the point of ejaculation, thus causing a build up of semenal fluid that is only released upon entry into an incision made into the base of the receiver's scrotum. And 'Open Sauce' is the act of ejaculating into another mans face or perhaps a biscuit to be shared later. Obviously, 'Closed Sauce' is the only Christian thing to do, as evidenced by the fact that it is what Cathedrals are all about.

Contributors: (although not to the eternal game of 'soggy biscuit' that open 'sauce' development has become) Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, phee, Anonymous Coward, mighty jebus, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, double_h, Anonymous Coward, Eimernase, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward. Further contributions are welcome.

Current changes: This version sent to FreeWIPO by 'Bring BackATV' as plain text. Reformatted everything, added all links back in (that we could match from the previous version), many new ones (Slashbot bait links). Even more spelling fixed. Who wrote this thing, CmdrTaco himself?

Previous changes: Yet more changes added. Spelling fixed. Feedback added. Explanation of 'distro' system. 'Mount Point' syntax described. More filth regarding `man` and Slashdot. Yet more fucking spelling fixed. 'Fetchmail' uncovered further. More Slashbot baiting. Apache exposed. Distribution licence at foot of document.

ANUX -- A full Linux distribution... Up your ass!

Feces Thrower

Re:Simple != Simple (3, Informative)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174914)

it demonstrates that light travels as waves, until you fire only 1 photon then you prove it travels as particles as well.

Actually, it proves that light travels as either a wave or particle.

It depends on the experiment. An experiment looking for particles will show particles, and waves, waves.

Check out The Copenhagen Interpretation [washington.edu]

I love Quantum Theory so much I read the same book three times: In Search of Schrodinger's Cat [2think.org] . Might be out of date, but an easy read for us lay men.

Sooo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174327)

What are we supposed to talk about?

Re:Sooo... (-1)

handybundler (232934) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174637)

Baseball?

Re:Sooo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4175094)

Good retort. Baseball.

So why did the weenies give it a -1?

Nobody asked me ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174328)

I wish someone would have asked *me* what I thought the most beautiful experiment in physics was; I would have told them /Sex in Space/

I'd be happy to volunteer for *that* experiment
>;-P

no WAY!!! (5, Funny)

lingqi (577227) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174338)

the most beautiful experiment is, has been, and always will be the practical aspects of

* photons gets converted to electric impulses;
* these electric impulsese are stored, usually by dielectric tunneling, into a floating gate (Flash memory)
* the information is then read back, sent through 7 (read it, it's SEVEN) layers of network stack, to a physical link
* the data is digitized into more packets of light, and sent across the atlantic from RUSSIA to the US.
* after more routing (some in light-packets, some in electrical), it climbs back up the 7-layers.
* mozilla interprets them, and through some seriously complex transistor networks, the signals cause some polymers to twist just the right amount
* and i see some pr0n.

wait a sec; that would probabbly be "the most beautiful engineering feat"... ahh fsck it.

Re:no WAY!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174363)

though there are seven layers of networking in the OSI model, TCP/IP isn't really strongly based on the OSI model. OSI is conceptually interesting but most applications, like say Web browsing, don't use that many layers really.

Re:no WAY!!! (0)

coolfrood (459411) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174565)

I don't care about how many layers OSI or TCP/IP has, as long as the chix0rs I get too see with it have no layers on them!

reminds me of the Koko experiment (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174344)

Dr. White writes that in the recent report from Science Weekly, Dr. Brooks found some chimps to be smarter than Negroes.The full report will be published in December. Also a genetic link between Negro genes and idleness.

Then I remembered a show which I had seen on television. Last summer I watched a PBS program about Koko the gorilla using sign language and so on, and among other things, they said this ape had an IQ of 85. The first thing that came to mind was the average American black IQ as mentioned in Charles Murray's The Bell Curve. Surely I couldn't have been the only one to take note, but I figured that if anyone complained, the newsmedia wouldn't respond because it would be just too damned embarrassing to publicize if the nignogs demanded that this segment be edited out.

Get a new fucking hobby (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174349)

Linux sucks. Try playing Medal of Honor, Mafia, Strategic Command, GTA3, Sudden Strike 2, or anything else worth playing.

Or read an exciting article about how Wine was almost able to run games the rest of the world threw away 2 years ago.

Gimme a break!

Hey everyone! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174359)

Tell me about an experience you have with disposeable diapers. Thanks!

Re:Hey everyone! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174368)

I got linux to run on my disposeable diapers!!
No shit!

Re:Hey everyone! (-1)

Burritos (535298) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174375)

LOL You really CAN make Linux run on anything!!!

WOOHOO!!!! (2, Interesting)

Kappelmeister (464986) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174362)

My comment on the Slashdot thread [slashdot.org] made it into the article!

Why, I do believe that this is the first time I have ever been published. Thanks, guys!

Blockquoth PhysicsWeb:

My original article was also mentioned on Slashdot.org, an extremely active website. Although Slashdot bills itself as "news for nerds", its audience evidently includes a large number of science-history aficionados. A discussion with more than 500 comments ensued, many dissecting the merits of particular experiments. Here too the double-slit electron-interference experiment topped the list. One participant remarked that this and other experiments illustrating quantum-mechanical principles "even seem to reveal something about ourselves", noting that "philosophers and cranks are attracted to the results like moths".

Other Slashdot participants proposed many of the same experiments as Physics World readers - and often for similar reasons. However, they also came up with an imaginative variety of examples of deep play. These included fun things like putting discarded CDs into microwave ovens, firing potatoes using lengths of pipe and cans of hairspray, and synchronizing coloured lasers to the music of Pink Floyd.

One of the contributors described watching small plastic bags circulating in wind pockets, commenting that "sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I just can't take it". Another mentioned the fact that a hunter firing at a falling monkey always hits the monkey no matter how far away it is, even though it drops just as the hunter fires. One person even cited sitting outside a hospital to hear the Doppler effect, with the comment: "Anytime an ambulance passes me, I'm amazed."

One Slashdot participant described a method of producing a fractal using a coin, marker and tape measure, claiming to have nearly cried the first time they saw it. Another described an impromptu game that he and classmates had invented at the end of a lab class, in which a liquid-nitrogen-filled styrofoam cup with holes in the bottom can be made to glide pleasingly around the floor when kicked about as the gas leaks out.


Re:WOOHOO!!!! (1)

great throwdini (118430) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174414)

Quoting you, quoting him:

One of the contributors described watching small plastic bags circulating in wind pockets, commenting that "sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I just can't take it".

It certainly doesn't read as though he got the joke [slashdot.org] .

Re:WOOHOO!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174802)

Now, do you think it's a bad thing I thought of Not Another Teen Movie there instead of American Beauty?

Re:WOOHOO!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174419)

maybe you should sue for copyright infringement

Re:WOOHOO!!!! (2, Funny)

scotay (195240) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174423)

"One of the contributors described watching small plastic bags circulating in wind pockets, commenting that "sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I just can't take it"

Proving the physics crowd needs to get out to the movies more often [imdb.com] .

test post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174607)

Test Post please ignore

Re:WOOHOO!!!! (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174584)

cool, now you can sue them for $5,000,000!

Re:WOOHOO!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174614)

How do you make a fractal using a coin, marker, and tape measure?

Re:WOOHOO!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174845)

Sierpinski's gasket -- choose 3 vertices of a triangle and pick a point X inside of them. Plot X and choose a vertex at random with your coin. Use your tape measure to find the midpoint of the line segment from X to the chosen vertex. (It'd be cooler if you used a compass and straightedge, but I digress.) Make that midpoint your new X, plot it, and repeat until nauseous.

Re:WOOHOO!!!! (5, Funny)

The Wing Lover (106357) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174632)

Although Slashdot bills itself as "news for nerds", its audience evidently includes a large number of science-history aficionados.

I love how this sentence is written as if it's some sort of contradiction.

falling monkeys (2)

spongman (182339) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174813)

surely if the monkey is far enough away then the time that the light indicating the start of the fall takes to reach the hunter will cause him to miss high? it would also seem that the curvature of the earth would cause the hunter to aim low. surely these two effects don't cancel each other out completely?

Re:WOOHOO!!!! (0)

BTO (604614) | more than 11 years ago | (#4175151)

I find it astounding that at a site like this so obviously dedicated to truth, you would waste your time talking about so called "science experiments" which are nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

Idle Question About "Related Links" (0, Offtopic)

great throwdini (118430) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174373)

Anyone ever wonder how useful that sidebar actually is, given the lack of context and (possibly) the lack of forethought on the part of submitters/editors?

Take this story for example: "concluded", "asking", and "previously" compared to the more reasonable link text of "single electron" (still unclear) and "applets and demonstrations".

Flame away, but someone had to ask.

Beautiful experiments? (-1, Troll)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174376)

Experiments are either useful or not useful. They either give the results expected (or unexpected) or they are broken. Experiments are the ultimate in utilitarianism. They cannot be "beautiful". There are no experiments in art museums. Like computer code, they are strictly workhorses with no aesthetic component at all.

Re:Beautiful experiments? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174466)

What a gloomy world you live in. You can't find beauty in anything...

Re:Beautiful experiments? (1)

SemiBarbaricPrincess (575180) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174530)

Computer code can be beautiful. Especially when you do something clever and the code functions correctly and is easy to read. That *is* aesthetically pleasing. Just because something is functional doesn't mean that it can't be beautiful.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all.

Re:Beautiful experiments? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174575)

I can't believe this got modded "insightful."

You call yourself "PhysicsGenius" but you can't find beauty in any experiment? Perhaps you should look for a new field of study.

Maybe you style yourself a theorist. You should remember that in physics, it all comes down to experimentation. Theories unsupported by experimental evidence are nothing more than mathematics (don't get me wrong, I love math).

I conceed the point that there are no experiments in art museums. You should note however, that art museums do not hold an exclusive patent on beauty.

Re:Beautiful experiments? (1)

Stalyn (662) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174658)

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. - Albert Einstein

It is possible to know when you are right way ahead of checking all the consequences. You can recognize truth by its beauty and simplicity.
- Richard Feynman

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.
- Jules Henri Poincaré

Re:Beautiful experiments? (2)

hyacinthus (225989) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174674)

Admit it, "PhysicsGenius". You call yourself a physics genius, but you probably watched "The Mechanical Universe" a few times on TV and maybe read Hawking's _A Brief History of Time_. You know as much physics as I do, and I failed Ph 2b at Caltech.

Experiments can be beautiful (although "elegant" is the description I prefer.) An elegant experiment has a certain simplicity to it, and a certain definitiveness to it which convinces everyone. Foucault's famous pendulum, for example--there are other ways to demonstrate the rotation of the earth, but Foucault was able to do so, graphically and undeniably, with a weight and a length of wire. Beautiful.

Or take the experiment which demonstrated that nucleic acids and not proteins carried genetic information. Hershey's and Chase's method was simplicity itself: proteins contains sulfur, and nucleic acids do not; proteins contain no phosphorus (or little of it), nucleic acids abound in it. So infect cells with a virus whose protein coat is labelled with radioactive sulfur, or whose nucleic acid payload is labelled with radioactive phosphorus, and see where the radioactivity ends up when cells are infected with the labelled viruses. The phosphorus gets transferred; the sulfur does not; hence it's the nucleic acid which carries the virus's genetic information. Again, beautiful.

If your view of science is really so crudely utilitarian, I suggest either that you get out of the profession, or (far more likely) you're not really a scientist at all but you've read about it in _Skeptical Inquirer_. Get back to your Linux installation, will you?

hyacinthus.

Re:Beautiful experiments? (1)

slamb (119285) | more than 11 years ago | (#4175221)

If your view of science is really so crudely utilitarian, I suggest either that you get out of the profession, or (far more likely) you're not really a scientist at all but you've read about it in _Skeptical Inquirer_. Get back to your Linux installation, will you?

I take offense to that statement. Computer science and computer engineering are not suitable places for such a person, either.

Re:Beautiful experiments? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174680)

Really?? Consider the universe for a moment: chaotic?? orderly?? random?? patterns?? Beautiful, certainly. Also awful (eg, black holes, pit bulls, Hitler). This is not a right/wrong concept; it's a perception issue.

See through a different lens. Read some poetry and some fiction, listen to some music of various styles, go to a religious institution of your choice.

The universe is certainly not just black and white.

umm, how fast does it take slashdot to forget? (-1, Redundant)

supernova87a (532540) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174378)

Apparently, only 4 months. The Most Beautiful Experiments in Physics [slashdot.org]

Re:umm, how fast does it take slashdot to forget? (2)

casret (64258) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174430)

Apparently not as fast as you are to condemn them, because they mentioned the previous slashdot article in this one.

That's an easy one..... (2, Funny)

echucker (570962) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174379)

Any demonstration that makes the lesson sink in to a student's head.

Kudos to one of my physics professors, Dr. Richard Mancuso, for his toy collection. Any student that brought him a toy that clearly demonstrated a principle of physics for that wasn't already in his collection got extra credit for the semester. I clearly remember the collection filling a few display cabinets, and there was at least one toy for every lecture. I learned 10 times more in his course than I did the previous semester with another instructor because he made it interesting.

Re:That's an easy one..... (0)

Scott Baio (549373) | more than 11 years ago | (#4175135)

This post isn't funny. I might mod it "Interesting," but it's not funny.

If you want funny, try that one episode of "Charles in Charge" where Lilian was going to go on a date, but Charles was all worried and he was all like "I hope you understand that Lilian is a nice girl." And the dude was all, "Oh yeah, she's nice" And Charles was all, "What do you mean by that?" I don't think anybody kept a straight face on the set for the first couple takes, I'm talking laugh riot.

If anyone knows of any auditions for midseason replacements, please let me know.

Seen and heard... (0, Offtopic)

dave-fu (86011) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174385)

"Some of your past moderations have been meta moderated by 0 other Slashdot readers."
Go and mod it down and admit that you're missing the punchline that is we're talking about beautiful physics experiments on what amounts to little more than a half-baked web experiment (see also: my quote).

My most beautiful experiment ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174392)

Was during my last vacation in the Netherlands. I performed a double slit experiment with a single erection on two prostitutes. Also this experiment was performed on a 100$ budget. Try and beat that!

wow! (-1, Troll)

nuckin futs (574289) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174394)

i just got a hard on reading about Young's "double slit experiment". slit adj 1: having a long narrow cut; "his poor slit throat" 2: having a narrow opening; "a slit skirt revealed shapely legs"; "a knife with a slitted blade" [syn: slitted] n 1: a long narrow opening 2: obscene terms for female genitals [syn: cunt, puss, pussy, nooky]

Double Slit (0, Offtopic)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174407)

Men must have voted for this one.

Young's double slit experiment (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174415)

Well, it's Friday night. I don't know about you, but one of my favorite pastimes is to experiment on a couple of young slits. Savor the taste and beauty. Can't say I know what that electron thing is about. Probably a code word for something kinky. Finally a story I understand and can appreciate. Happy experimenting!

My favorite Physics Experiment (3, Interesting)

brad3378 (155304) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174440)

Measuring the speed of light.
For our experiment, we used a mirror set up to rotate at 6000 RPM. A laser is aimed at the rotating mirror, bounces about 20 meters across the room and back. The theory is that the rotating mirror will slightly rotate by the time the beam of light returns to the rotating mirror. Even at 6000 RPM, the mirror only rotates a very small amount, but enough for the laser's endpoint to change a few fractions of a mm.

By knowing the displacement between the endpoints of the laser at 6000 RPM and 3000 RPM, we could easily calculate the angle that the mirror rotated from the initial path to the return path across the room. Using this info, we solved for the time required for it to rotate that angle. That is the time required for the Laser to travel across the room and back. The distance:time ratio is the speed of light. Mad props to the dude/chick who designed that experiment.

Re:My favorite Physics Experiment (2, Interesting)

ColaMan (37550) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174880)

It was Jean Foucault who designed that experiment, and in 1862 he came up with a figure of 298,000,000 m/s compared to the current SI definition of 299,792,458m/s

He also demonstrated in Paris in 1851 that the earth did indeed revolve upon it's axis, by using a large pendulum. (Of course, people in 1851 had generally accepted that the earth did revolve around an axis, but this was the first physical demonstration of the effect of such rotation)

physics makes me gaga (1, Offtopic)

RestiffBard (110729) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174441)

i have to say that physics, especially on the quantumn level, is the most interesting science I know of. there are others that are fascinating but nothing gets to the heart of everything like physics. can i get an amen? :) the slit experiment, when I first read about it in some layman's guide to physics just floored me with its simplicity and easy understandability.

HUZZAH FOR QUANTUM WEIRDNESS!! (2)

ArcSecond (534786) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174448)

No wonder this one won. ( wun wun? ) It is an elegant, easy to understand set-up with REALLY weird results. Something to smack your macro-world "common sense" upside the face.

"Like, huh? It's interfering with ITSELF? Like, is it a particle, or a wave, or what, teach?"

I think some of the crazy new laser "faster than light" experiments could probably give it a run for the money, but they are a lot harder to understand. There is nothing quite like the quantum world jumping up through your apparatus and presenting itself in all it's non-Newtonian glory.

Re:HUZZAH FOR QUANTUM WEIRDNESS!! (2)

miracle69 (34841) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174475)

Or what about the fact that observing it changes the past. It was a particle if observed before the slits, a wave afterwords. Thus, when it left the source, it had to be one or the other.

This gets especially freaky on the astronomical scale, when you have to large gravity sources widely separated that bend light back, like slits, from an even further distant light source. If you look for the particles from the distant star, it will come to you in a straight line. If you look for the wave pattern, it goes wide and around both(!?!!) gravity slits and shows up as an interference pattern... Thus, by observing, you made the photon that left the start billions of light years away either be a particle or a wave for all of its existance, though it wouldn't know which one to be unless you looked at it.

Freaky.

Re:HUZZAH FOR QUANTUM WEIRDNESS!! (1)

benjamindees (441808) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174947)

by observing, you made the photon that left the start billions of light years away either be a particle or a wave

This is what really peeves me about particle physicists. This makes absolutely no sense, and WILL NEVER MAKE SENSE if people continue to think about it in such an asinine way.

What the hell is the variable here? Is it me? Because if I damn well don't "observe" the particle then we have no fucking way of knowing whether it fits into our pre-conceived notions of how a "particle" or a "wave" should act.

If we agree that the "observer" plays no part in the experiment, and, furthermore, if he does, it's not a properly constructed experiment, then we shouldn't immediately assume (without any evidence, mind you) that the metaphysical act of "observing" plays any part in the "existence" of the photon, especially when the "observation" occurs AFTER the photon was created.

This is the most half-baked theory in all of physics, and people go around repeating it as though it were bible-fucking-truth. Just admit it: Einstein was right, God doesn't play dice.

I typed in "young double slit" on google (0, Offtopic)

danny256 (560954) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174455)

and I got several results that were not really related to physics. Not that I'm complaing :)

Re:I typed in "young double slit" on google (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174591)

Aww, come on. You moderators suck.

Most Beautiful Experiment in Physics (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174456)

After my asian girlfriend orgasms, and it is too slippery for me to take it anymore, I pull out and my projectile semen flies onto her, the bed, the wall, the art
. . .everywhere.

The most beautiful experiment.

This is one of the really cool ones... (1)

griblik (237163) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174463)

For those with maths, Messers Wolfram [wolfram.com] tell all. I like this one.

This experiment shows off wave/partical duality (it even has cool terminology). The cool bit about physics (yeah, it has cool bits) is the things it takes your head a while to get around.

OK, background: waves spread round corners. Think of a wave at a harbour mouth. The closer the gap is to the wavelength of the wave, the better it spreads (look up diffraction [wolfram.com] ) (troll me, I know this is a gross over-simplification) - ever think about how you can hear but not see round corners? Light == really short wavelengths (nanometres), not like door width lengths (m) (doesn't bend well round the corner), sound == long wavelengths, kinda door-width like (m/cm ish) (bends very well round the corner).

So you get two bits of card with a light behind them, and a screen to shine light through them onto. The first card has one slit, so it shines a little line of light onto the second.

The second has two parallel slits in it, within range of the spread of light, and the light that gets through the first card onto a slit in the second card makes it to the screen.

Now the cool bit.

You get a ripple of light on the screen. Not a black screen. Not two lines showing up the second card shape. Ripples [phys.ethz.ch] .

Now, modern physics can explain this. It's the wavefront from the first slit (think ripple hitting a harbour mouth) that spreads out in a circle and hits the next two slots, starting another ripple on the other side of both.

At the far wall, you get points where the peak of a wave from one slit hits the peak of a wave from the other, and you get a really tall peak. Or a trough and a trough, and get a really low trough.

Re:This is one of the really cool ones... (2)

mindstrm (20013) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174548)

Comparing sound doesn't really help though.. that's a totally differnet thing. Totally different kind of wave in a totally different medium.. does the same thing even apply?

Re:This is one of the really cool ones... (1)

griblik (237163) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174641)

It does apply. You get the same thing with sound - noisy spots and quiet spots as you walk round the far wall if you do the same thing with sound.

Same physics. Still is a gross generalisation, tho.

I agree (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174498)

Two slits are even more beautiful than one, but, this being Slashdot, I doubt we are talking about the same thing.

Physics pr0n (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174515)

Double-slit experiment, eh? Sounds like porn :)

American Beauty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174522)

"sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I just can't take it"
and plastic bags flying in the wind....

Hmm - now films are getting submitted as
physics experiments...
or does no one else watch film's here?

american beauty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174534)

#begin
One of the contributors described watching small plastic bags circulating in wind pockets, commenting that "sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I just can't take it".
#end

me thinks someone needs to get out of the lab more....

well done! (1)

tahpot (237053) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174538)

i thought that google search would come up with a heap of pr0n sites!

Porn Movie (-1, Offtopic)

Sibshops (304882) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174544)

I always thought Young's double slit experiment was about porn.

eddington (1, Offtopic)

sstory (538486) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174547)

The double slit is great. I might vote for the 1919 experiment of Eddington, which verified General Relativity, showing that the mass of the sun bent the path of light. A sweet verification.

just a simple physics student's comment.

Re:eddington (0, Offtopic)

ronaldcromwell (596642) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174875)

how is this off topic, i don't get it

double shit experiment? (0, Offtopic)

No_Slacks (466101) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174605)

I think that my yearly visit to the optometrist would is long overdue!

I like the Pound-Rebka Experiment (2, Interesting)

dlleigh (313922) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174619)

They dropped photons off the roof of a building and measured their blue shift at the bottom, confirming general relativity. One description of the experiement is here [gsu.edu] .

Pound is an interesting guy. He experimented with using microwaves to heat people instead of wasting energy heating entire buildings. He tested it out by rigging his microwave oven to operate with the door open. He told me that he had to bypass three interlocks, but that he got it working: there was a nice warm glow, like standing in front of a campfire.

Needless to say, don't try this at home unless you're a damn competent physicist.

I prefer the 'pound Rebecca' experiment... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174763)

...specifically, this Rebecca. [suze-centerfolds.com]

Ugh, Double Slit? (1)

jasonditz (597385) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174667)

What a boring experiment that was.

The prettiest experiment has to be Milliken's Oil Drop.

Re:YES oildrop! (0)

noshellswill (598066) | more than 11 years ago | (#4175035)

Especially cause everybody measures a few 'fractional' charges out of the lot ... can't be true, can it? hehe ...

Clearly the most beautiful physics experiment is.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174699)

...measuring the forces to which my balls are subjected as they repeatedly bounce off Natalie Portman's ass as I bang the shit out of her.

Re:Clearly the most beautiful physics experiment i (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174743)

slap slap slap slap slap slap...

Shoot the monkey!!! (0, Offtopic)

Insightfill (554828) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174772)

Ok, so there's this guy with a gun, and a monkey hanging from the tree... And the professor gets a stuffed monkey and an electromagnet and a magnetically-launched spear...

Oh, wait, you're looking for the most beautiful experiment! Sorry, I was going for the coolest one.

In my class, the monkey got it through the neck once and the crotch on the second shot. Standing ovation on that one, with a quite a few groans.

Stephen King, dead at 30 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174797)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Re:Stephen King, dead at 30 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4174965)

No way!! Didn't he write this book about a hacked-together OS that killed, and killed hours of time losers could have spent trying to get laid?

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's him.

My favorite beauty (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4174999)

Shroadinger's Peacock.

double slit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4175021)

I'm surprised that google search didn't bring up too many porn sites.

Nothing lighter than C60 (2)

treat (84622) | more than 11 years ago | (#4175049)

Beautiful as it may be with a single electron, or photon, or whatever. These have almost no mass. When done with buckeyballs, the double-slit experiment acquires an amazing beautyl.

Quantum Polaroid Demonstration (2)

dmaxwell (43234) | more than 11 years ago | (#4175126)

We have an educable station that plays Mechanical Universe documentary lectures from the mid eighties. You can read more about those at:

http://www.themechanicaluniverse.com/

Highly recommended. The best demonstration I ever saw on that show involved three light polarizers. The setup was three polarizers on optical stands with a lamp shining through all three. That is, all three in the same orientation so the light shines through. The third is turned through 90 degrees and of course blocks the light of the lamp from the screen. Dr. Goodstein then turns the second middle filter through 45 degrees and almost half the light makes it through the screen. The result is completely counterintuitive and is an excellent and easy macro scale demonstration of quantum principles.

Re:Quantum Polaroid Demonstration (4, Funny)

sconeu (64226) | more than 11 years ago | (#4175208)

I once heard the three polarizer experiment described as follows.

You have a field with cows. To make sure that now cows get out, you put up two fences. They stay in their field. But you're really paranoid, so you put a third fence in between the two. Now, all of a sudden, one fourth of your cows are wandering in your neighbor's field.
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