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2014-04-29 12:29:18

International Group of Scientists Provides First Rigorous Formulation Supporting Heisenberg's Famous 1927 Uncertainty Principle WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 90 years after Werner Heisenberg pioneered his uncertainty principle, a group of researchers from three countries has provided substantial new insight into this fundamental tenet of quantum physics with the first rigorous formulation supporting the uncertainty principle as Heisenberg envisioned it....

Heisenberg's Hunch Was Correct
2013-10-18 08:20:15

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Students of physics are almost universally perplexed when they are first exposed to the paradoxical world of quantum mechanics. The reason the field is so difficult to wrap one’s mind around is that the behavior of quantum systems is fundamentally different from the macroscopic world in which we spend our lives. One of the guiding principles of the quantum world is a set of statements known as Heisenberg's error-disturbance...

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2012-09-08 08:49:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Since 1927, when Werner Heisenberg formulated the uncertainty principle, it has stood as one of the cornerstones of quantum mechanics. In a simplified form, the uncertainty principle states that it is impossible to measure anything without disturbing it. For example, any attempt to measure a particle's position must randomly change its speed. For clarity's sake, one should be aware that the uncertainty principle is not the same...

2012-03-26 13:12:50

The quantum physics of massive particles has intrigued physicists for more than 80 years, since it predicts that even complex particles can exhibit wave-like behavior — in conflict with our everyday ideas of what is real or local. An international team of scientists now succeeded in shooting a movie which shows the build-up of a matter-wave interference pattern from single dye molecules which is so large (up to 0.1 mm) that you can easily see it with a camera. This visualizes the...

2012-01-17 10:55:51

Measurements at the Vienna University of Technology deepen our understanding of quantum uncertainty Heisenberg's Uncertainty principle is arguably one of the most famous foundations of quantum physics. It says that not all properties of a quantum particle can be measured with unlimited accuracy. Until now, this has often been justified by the notion that every measurement necessarily has to disturb the quantum particle, which distorts the results of any further measurements. This, however,...

2011-08-01 12:07:38

The quantum world allows you to answer questions correctly when you don't even have all the information you should need No-one likes a know-it-all but we expect to be able to catch them out: someone who acts like they know everything but doesn't can always be tripped up with a well-chosen question. Can't they? Not so. New research in quantum physics has shown that a quantum know-it-all could lack information about a subject as a whole, yet answer almost perfectly any question about the...

2011-06-21 17:41:47

Once we learn the relationship between a cue and its consequences"”say, the sound of a bell and the appearance of the white ice cream truck bearing our favorite chocolate cone"”do we turn our attention to that bell whenever we hear it? Or do we tuck the information away and marshal our resources to learning other, novel cues"”a recorded jingle, or a blue truck? Psychologists observing "attentional allocation" now agree that the answer is both, and they have arrived at two...

2011-03-18 14:34:49

UA philosophy professor Shaun Nichols examines the notions of free will and determinism through test methods used in social sciences. Philosophers have argued for centuries, millennia actually, about whether our lives are guided by our own free will or are predetermined as the result of a continuous chain of events over which we have no control. On the one hand, it seems like everything that happens has come kind of causal explanation; on the other hand, when we make decisions, it seems to us...

2010-11-18 17:16:36

Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle sets limits on Einstein's 'spooky action at a distance,' new research finds Researchers have uncovered a fundamental link between the two defining properties of quantum physics. Stephanie Wehner of Singapore's Centre for Quantum Technologies and the National University of Singapore and Jonathan Oppenheim of the United Kingdom's University of Cambridge published their work today in the latest edition of the journal Science. The result is being heralded as a...


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