June 21, 2004

Crackpot spam!

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at June 21, 2004 1:41 PM

One of the joys of membership in the physics community is that one's inbox will occasionally collect unsolicited treatises on Why A Fundamental Element of Modern Physics Is Wrong. Today's installment:


By re-analysing Heisenberg's Gamma-Ray Microscope experiment and the ideal experiment from which the uncertainty principle is derived, it is actually found that the uncertainty principle can not be obtained from them. It is therefore found to be untenable.

The author goes on to explain the problems he perceives with a couple of uncertainty-principle-related gedanken experiments. The sad thing is not that his criticisms are faulty (though they are), but that these thought experiments are just examples used to illustrate the uncertainty principle -- the principle doesn't derive from the examples, but is a mathematical property of solutions to the Schrodinger equation. But I suppose if he understood quantum mechanics, he might be less inclined to spam the Berkeley physics department with objections to it...


I got this one today too. :)

I deleted around sentence one because I had way too many real e-mails to deal with today...

Granted, today was very hectic, so I suppose I would have seen how much this amused me if it were a slower day...

Posted by: Mason Porter | June 21, 2004 6:34 PM

Would you be so kind as to maybe post a copy? I'd love to read it, sounds like something my broken mind might enjoy (and, well, might not).

Posted by: Lemming | June 21, 2004 6:46 PM
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