Quantum Mechanics is Obvious – the Movie

I heard Disney was delaying it’s summer blockbusters because of the virus and I wondered who could possibly step into their shoes and keep everyone entertained. Then I realised I had exactly what everyone needed to provide some light relief. What better than some videos of my alternative way of introducing Quantum Mechanics? They’re sure to be a hit with the whole family.

So here’s the first, short, 10 minute video where I explain how you can encode probability distributions as vectors. This is the basic Big Idea of quantum mechanics.

I’m hoping to add to this at a rate of one a week. The rough outline should be something like the following.

1. Turning Probability Distributions into Vectors (the video that’s been uploaded today).
2. Measurement Operators.
3. Operator Equations.
4. The need for complex numbers.
5. Continuous distributions.
6. Quantum Mechanics.

So have fun, share it widely, show it at parties, fascinate your friends and keep the kids amused.

Tim Stanley, blogger, journalist, historian and Catholic

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, the Big Question we’re all asking, why is Christianity falling down the religious popularity charts in the UK compared to Islam?

Christianity tells us that the Invisible Magic Friend condemned us all to damnation unless the second third of the Invisible Magic Friend became temporarily visible by being born from a virgin, sacrificed himself to himself and then rose from the dead before floating up into the sky to eventually become invisible again and leaving some men on earth with the magic power to make copies of him out of bread and wine, with the ability to pass this magic power on to other men by saying some magic words.

I mean, what could be more believable than that?