Fourier analysis and the Uncertainty Principle

As I mentioned here, I was one of many contributors to the Cosmic Shambles “Nine Lessons and Carols for Socially Distanced People” extravaganza just before Christmas. My bit was a short physics chat trying to give some insight into how the uncertainty principle arises in quantum physics, from the point of view of waves, beats, and Fourier analysis. Immediately afterwards, Steve Pretty performed a musical piece which echoed some of those ideas, particularly things drifting in and out of phase.

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Father Christmas is beyond the Standard Model

Clearly a true statement, on which I slightly expanded on the Today Programme this morning.

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LHC Physics at Ten

It is just over ten years since the Large Hadron Collider first bust the energy records and gave us a higher resolution glimpse into the structure of matter than had ever been possible before.

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Nine Lessons 24

I was privileged to be part of this, and the wrap-up/running order is now up at the Cosmic Shambles Network. Top quote “If this whole thing reads like a weird fever dream. It was.”

Some highlights will be up there soon too. I doubt I’ll make them, there was so much good stuff, but I might post my section up here later anyway if not, for all those Fourier analysis / uncertainty principle fans out there.

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