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Monday, October 10, 2005

Bose-Einstein Condensation is fascinating!

I went to the first of the Robb lectures tonight. This years Robb lecturer is Nobel Laureate, Professor Carl Wieman. Tonights lecture was "Bose-Einstein condensation: Quantum weirdness at the lowest temperature in the universe."

It was great! Bose-Einstein condensation is fascinating!!! I can't wait for the other two lectures.

I love learning new things, especially scientific new things, and especially physics so it seems. I have really enjoyed all the Robb lectures I have been to, but there is something about physics that makes me feel all bubbly and alive. I never realised it before, but wow! This is a bigger high than any of the gigs/concerts/parties I have been to in the past couple of years. Sometimes I wish I had studied physics to a higher level.

I was going to blog everything I learned, but it is quite a lot. So maybe later.

I wrote screeds of notes and decorated one hand and several pages with doodles.

Interesting thing: I can't possibly sit through an entire lecture without a pen and paper, or at the very least some sort of writing implement. If I am not writing notes, then I am doodling and decorating my notes and/or body with flowers and squiggly things.

It seems other people are different, especially physics type people. I couldn't see anyone else in the lecture theatre writing anything at all.

I used to think I wrote more and doodled more than other people because I couldn't concentrate or remember or wasn't as interested as everyone else, but someone recently told me that people who doodle and/or write when listening to a speaker are probably kinaesthetic thinkers/listeners. That is, they remember information better if they are doing something with their body (eg writing/doodling) at the same time. That makes perfect sense to me. I listen better and retain information better if I am also decorating something with flowers at the same time. For me, sitting through any speaker without a pen is torturous!

I'm not sure how I got so off topic, but here I am. I am not going to fix it, so I will just stop instead.

Bose-Einstein Condensates are one among the many, many, many bizarre aspects of quantum mechanics. QM is one of the bizarre aspects of the world I love to read about.
Question: Why do soccer club Fermi and club Bose never play a match against
each other?

Answer: They can't agree about the spin of the ball.
Heisenberg is stopped by a traffic cop who askes: "Do you know how fast
you were going?"
Heisenberg replies: "No, but I know exactly where I am"


"To understand something means to derive it from quantum mechanics, which nobody understands."


OK, I'll shut up now :-)
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