Tag: quantum physics

An installation to blend particle physics with art.

Superposition 2013 (entitled Covariance) is a really intriguing looking installation by Lyndall Phelps and Ben Stills and is also now open for visiting (if you’re in London).





“And that’s the hope for our new project Superposition, enabling people to access and engage with physics through art and getting people to think (perhaps just for a minute) about the role physics plays in their lives and the world at large.
This pilot project pairs a physicist (Ben Still) with an artist (Lyndall Phelps) and challenges them to explore physics through the visual arts. The conversations that they have, the ideas that are sparked, and the experiences that they have, will be documented on this blog while the artwork that is conceived between them will be exhibited during the summer of 2013.”

For more info, visit www.physics.org/Superposition/. Via My Modern Met.

Quantum Proctology explained (sort of).


By Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, via Fresh Photons

In which the Higgs Boson calls a press conference #funny

Great humour piece by Sarah Rosenshine. Below is the first paragraph, and I’ve posted it here for archival purposes, but definitely, definitely go read it over at McSweeney’s.

“All right, you found me. Like a subatomic Carmen Sandiego, here I am. Oh, that joke is dated? I’m sorry, everything past the Stone Age is current when you were here at the beginning of time. So please, spare me your inability to comprehend temporal relativity.

Look, I didn’t call you all to the Garden Inn, Geneva so I could trade barbs with CNN’s lone Science and Technology Correspondent. No, I called this press conference for one reason: to ask that you please stop calling me the God Particle.”

Read more.

Welcome to Heisenberg’s! (a.k.a. fast food conundrum)

By Mark Stivers. More about Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle here.

WANT! The Cat in the Box: by Dr. Schrödinger.

By Nathan W. Pyle, via Shirt WOOT.

Gain Mass Fast. Take Higgs Boson Pills.

O.K. Not technically an accurate turn of phrase, but maybe a good visual segue into such matters.

By Frogsicle.

In which it’s obvious that pictures of the LHC never get old.

All photos by Maximilien Brice/© 2012 CERN, from an amazing gallery at the Atlantic.

Large particle accelerators are the gothic cathedrals of our time. #lovelymetaphor

From the NYT piece by Lawrence M. Krauss.

“The physicist Victor F. Weisskopf — the colorful director in the early 1960s of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which operates the collider — once described large particle accelerators as the gothic cathedrals of our time. Like those beautiful remnants of antiquity, accelerators require the cutting edge of technology, they take decades or more to build, and they require the concerted efforts of thousands of craftsmen and women. At CERN, each of the mammoth detectors used to study collisions requires the work of thousands of physicists, from scores of countries, speaking several dozen languages.”

Read the rest of the article here.

A lovely timeline of theory and discovery of things concerning the Standard Model of particle physics

From the Economist.

Handy flowchart that helps you come to terms with the Higgs Boson

By Fake Science, via rjallain, via BoraZ

Why is it called the “God Particle?” Because it’s actually short for “Goddamn.”

So awesome…

Also from an interview with Peter Higgs at the Guardian, via Fresh Photons.

The Higgs Boson Walks into a Church…

First: this.

“Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.” (Also note the great quote by Hawking at the above link)

Via reddit, joke by Brian Mallow

Schrödinger’s Cat vs. Pavlov’s Dog: Who would win?

I suppose, technically, the fight is over (one way or another) once the dog takes a look at the cat…

Also available as a t-shirt – link.

Atomic model paintings by Brendan Monroe. #beautiful

After the New Model .18 x 18 in / 46 x 46 cm, acrylic on paper

After Bohr’s Model .18 x 18 in / 46 x 46 cm, acrylic on paper

This is a nice artistic treatment of the Bohr Model of atoms, which if you don’t quite remember, goes like this (from wiki):

“In atomic physics, the Bohr model, introduced by Niels Bohr in 1913, depicts the atom as a small, positively charged nucleus surrounded by electrons that travel in circular orbits around the nucleus—similar in structure to the solar system, but with electrostatic forces providing attraction, rather than gravity. This was an improvement on the earlier cubic model (1902), the plum-pudding model (1904), the Saturnian model (1904), and the Rutherford model (1911). Since the Bohr model is a quantum-physics–based modification of the Rutherford model, many sources combine the two, referring to the Rutherford–Bohr model.”

By Brendan Monroe.

If Leonardo Da Vinci were to sketch CERN’s Large Hadron Collider…

… You’d get this:

By Sergio Cittolin (CERN research physicist), via Kottke.

IKEA instructions to assembling the Large Hadron Collider

From College Humor, via Boingboing.net.

WANT! The atom ukulele.

I think this is making me freak out a little…

The Atom Ukulele, By Paul Celentano and available for purchase here.

Just how small is an atom? Fun animated video!

From TEDed.

The Higgs Boson Explained. Great video by the creators of PhD Comics.

Definitely worth geeking out to for 7 minutes.

Via PhD Comics.

Physicists make funny with a coffee machine. #quantum

(Can’t find the original source for this)

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