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Famous Hospitals of The World

stork (3k image)Anthony sent me a link to some more pictures of the filming of Tarantino's "Kill Bill". The hospital that Uma Thurman's Bride character lays in a coma for 4 years is coincidentally the same hospital where your humble narrator was born...

Kill Bill Images

St. Luke's Hospital


Trick or Treat?

HalloweenLinux (3k image)Mandrake Linux 9.0 just hit the servers. This is almost as exciting as when Jaguar Mac OS X came out. Kind of reminds me of getting the new Sears catalog. I'm downloading it right. If you're going to download it please wait till I'm done...

Mandrake Linux


Running Interference

wave (2k image)Article at the New York Times about the ten most beautiful experiments. My fav (Young's Double Slit with electrons) makes it to number one:

"...In the firstfive years of the 20th century, Max Planck and then AlbertEinstein showed, respectively, that light is emitted andabsorbed in packets - called photons. But other experimentscontinued to verify that light is also wavelike.

It took quantum theory, developed over the next fewdecades, to reconcile how both ideas could be true: photonsand other subatomic particles - electrons, protons, and soforth - exhibit two complementary qualities; they are, asone physicist put it, "wavicles."

To explain the idea, to others and themselves, physicistsoften used a thought experiment, in which Young'sdouble-slit demonstration is repeated with a beam ofelectrons instead of light. Obeying the laws of quantummechanics, the stream of particles would split in two, andthe smaller streams would interfere with each other,leaving the same kind of light- and dark-striped pattern aswas cast by light..."

They fail to mention the most thought provoking part--that the result is the same even if the electrons travel through the double slit apparatus one at a time...

NYTimes: Here They Are, Science's 10 Most Beautiful Experiments

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sunil How can you get a spatial interference pattern, with a one electron at a time expt., as you get in the Youngs double-slit expt.?...

maybe its possible to see a "dynamic" interference "ping" (like a detector detecting light at one instant and no light at the subsequent instant)

sunil hmmm...maybe it doesn't need to be dynamic...maybe the interference band size (band of light) will be infinitesmally small on the detector.

John / the electron (or part of the electron) goes through both holes at the same time...

How can this be!?

it's an intelligent electron lol, he flies from one hole, enters the other hole and comes out back from the first!

isn't that what sex is all about :)

    --sunil


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