Category Archives: Quantum Mechanics

History Takes the Laugh Out of Many Things

Far from being a genre of pure imagination, Science Fiction is a category of writing insistently aware of the boundaries of reality. In The Paris Review, Ray Bradbury called it “the art of the possible, never the impossible.” Isaac Asimov characterized… Continue reading

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Free Will vs. Fate

Was it your choice to read this article? A single decision selected from an infinite pool of possibilities, placing you on a course completely dictated by your own conscious power of reason and choice? Or was this just another stepping stone in the endless stream of causality? An inevitable result of each and every event […] Continue reading

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Learning my (sci-fi) ABCs

Can you believe it? The semester and the year are nearly over, and while I have plenty to look forward to (the holidays, meeting my dog again, catching up on hundreds of hours of sleep), there is a lot to look forward to in the world of science fiction… Continue reading

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Mysterious Beings…

When I first began to comprehend the possibilities of extraterrestrial life, I thought of the stereotypical images of aliens that probably come to mind when the word is mentioned. By this, I mean something that is easily recognized to be alive, a humanoid form with many of the same characteristics that we share. As I […] Continue reading

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Five Fascinating Firsts

1. The Geiger counter was now going so fast that they couldn’t hear the individual clicks anymore. 2. Will still couldn’t understand their explanation of how they were able to harness the quantum tunneling effect and apply it to objects on a macroscopic scale – such as the human body – but there was the portal device, in his […] Continue reading

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In Layman’s Terms…

Blog 3: After reading “Wormholes and Time Machines,” I must say I am impressed by all the thought put into the possibility of a wormhole creating the ability for an infinitely advanced civilization to travel through time. However, were I to bet on a more probable theory, my money is on Stephen Hawking’s skepticism. Say wormholes exist. Say […] Continue reading

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Assuming that you assumed correctly…

Blog 3: When reading Kip Thorne’s chapter on wormholes and time-travel, the common person (me), must realize/ realizes many things.  1. That you are not and probably will never be Kip Thorne.  2. As such, you probably do not understand more than 30% of what he is talking about.  You love the idea, but can […] Continue reading

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The Paradoxes of Time Travel

Time travel is a prominent theme of many science fiction stories and movies. However, is it actually feasible? Most authors will present a short description of how the time machine was created, but there are always numerous feasibility issues if one tries to fully analyze how the time machine is functioning. After reading about the […] Continue reading

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I’m Relatively Uplifted

Blog 3: I’ll be honest. Before this reading assignment, my view of wormholes and time machines was probably similar to that of the majority of people. It made for decent science fiction, and not much else. Upon my reading of Kip Thorne’s discussion of “Sagan questions” and “exotic matter” I will admit to becoming slightly […] Continue reading

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The Boson Fights Back

Over the past few weeks, masses and masses of people have suddenly become subatomic particle theory enthusiasts.  Why, might you ask?  Well the recent findings of the Higg’s boson, or the God particle, of course.  If the unimaginably microscopic dimensions of atoms were not mind-boggling enough, physicists have further narrowed down the world as we […] Continue reading

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