the uncertainty principle


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the uncertainty principle

(the principle of indeterminacy)


the uncertainty principle is the result of asking two different questions of the same thing at the same time... "where is it?" and "what's it doing?"


(the cross-over point between the quantum world and our reality happens at a simple molecular level)


physicists wanted to know what a particle was doing while they were watching where it was doing it


look at it this way... your children are full of beans and are here, there and everywhere around the house


for safety reasons you decide to keep them in the living room


now you can see exactly what they are doing but it's not what they would be doing if they could do whatever they wanted


the same thing is happening with particles


in the laboratory, you can see precisely where a particle is but if it wasn't in a controlled environment it would be whizzing around the universe moving as a wave-form


then, while the particle is moving like a wave, you know exactly what it's doing but don't know where it's doing it


let's use language that is self-explanatory and call the uncertainty principle what it used to be called before snazzy-jazzy three-word headline-terminology became vogue...

the principle of indeterminacy