How does everything work? These are seminal questions that plagued our ancestors and currently plague us. Answering seemingly impossible questions is the role of science, specifically physics, in humanity. At the forefront of the quest to understand everything was Aristotelian physics. While in the future Aristotelian physics would turn out to be completely incorrect, his original ideas and theories were critical for developing modern science as we know it today.
Discussion on the Problems of Quantum Theory The early 1930s gave us quantum theory, and along with that came many new physical and philosophical arguments. Many problems exist in quantum physics, and many brilliant scientists have spent their lives trying to understand. Heisenberg gave us The Uncertainty Principle, the idea that nothing is certain, just within a probability of certain. It also questioned the scientific method of observation, arguing that no measurement can show an object’s true nature. This brought the idea of quanta, different states, and the question of objects existing in more than one state, or having a dual nature.
They believe that the immense qualitative variety results from the ‘jostling' of atoms...as they collide and bounce apart, and so, constantly form new groupings” (Jones 84). They believe it to be a mechanical process occurring completely by chance. Furthermore, although new groupings are constantly being formed, only the few that can survive are considered the “right” combinations. These are the combinations we recognize through our senses as being “real”, although they are not. However, the way in which this complex motion begins is a source of controversy and disagreement amongst the Atomists.
This minimum amount is now called a Planck unit. Niels Bohr, the father of the orthodox ‘Copenhagen Interpretation’ of quantum physics once said, “Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it. Quantum Mechanics is a complex and hard-to-grasp area of science; many theories surround this vague study. There are four main interpretations, each of them with their own basic meaning. These four basic interpretations state: a) Your consciousness affects the behavior of subatomic particles.
Quantum stuff can also exist in several places at once, or spin clockwise and anticlockwise simultaneously. But when scientists make a measurement, they always get just one answer. Why do particles at subatomic level behave in this manner? Even though modern scientists are able to produce many technologically new products from the application of the principles involved in quantum mechanics, they are still struggling to explain the phenomena in the form of an acceptable theory. The above question remains unanswered.
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In this lesson we learned about how momentum, collisions, and impulse all work together to affect motion and how they all affect the things we see occur in our lives. There are many things in our lives, such as shipping something as a fragile as a chip, that just aren’t possible without applying physics. Before this project I never even thought about how something is packaged and shipped from place to place, but I now realize there’s a lot more that goes into it. We do not live in a perfect world and some things aren’t as easy as just labeling a package “Fragile” and hoping it will turn out alright. There are times where we have to take things into our own hands and apply the things we learn in order to be successful and overcome the obstacles that try to stop us from getting to that point.