This video is a part (preview) of an all new BBC Four series called “Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics” by Dr Helen Czerski. She is a physicist-cum-oceanographer and a brilliant science communicator.
Learn more about this wonderful series here: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/tv/soundwaves-the-symphony-physics-0
PS: The Chladni experiments were originally done by rubbing a violin bow along the edges of the metallic plate. A really crude way of doing things!
Darkness and fear. Doomsday so near.
Bloody this snare. No escaping in here.
The Empire fell. Darkness everywhere.
The Horsemen wail. Oh, what a despair!
The boy failed. He failed again.
Only this time, he lost nothing.
I’m playing a hunch here. Maybe you’ll get my message someday. Maybe . . . And when you do, I want you to listen. You may not know me, but I know you very well!
Let me introduce myself. People know me by different names. Most of you call me “Tachyon”. (Uncle Feinberg used to call me that . . . bet you know Gerald Feinberg!) My brothers call me by a different name. But I like “Tachyon”. It means “swift, quick, fast, rapid”! . . . I can safely assume you know “Photon”. He’s “light”, my beloved brother (actually, the eldest of all)! He’s fast and furious; he’s SPEED! But that’s just in your world. In ours, I am the champion—always moving faster than light! *chuckle*
I feel lonely out here. So I’m writing. My brothers are loving and caring. But . . . I need friends: new friends! Brother particles have “friends” in your world. I, too, like befriending people; but I’m different—readily scorned by all as “hypothetical”! * sigh* Maybe you’ll listen. Maybe you’ll be my FRIEND . . .
OK. I’ll tell you how my world is. It’s a lot different from yours. Your world has an ultimate speed limit (set by my brother, “light”), which is c = 299 792 458 m / s. No information can be sent faster than this. But for a moment, imagine that it could be done. Then, the whole world would be different . . . You’d have: bullets hitting birds before they’re actually fired; crops ready before the seeds’re sown; dogs dying before they’re born, and so on. This is my world, where effects precede cause! *gasp*
Ain’t it cool? Awkward . . . I have a lot to say. But I need to go now. My brothers have returned from their trip. More in store for you the next time. I’ll keep you posted.
Finally, I’m free. Free to think. Free to learn. Free to create.
Winter Break. Aha! 2015 is almost over. I think I didn’t do particularly good this year. Everything was pretty messed up!
So 2016 is here. Any plans/resolutions? Yes, I have plans.
Not many though, like :
- Learn Python
- Learn Guitar
That’d keep me quite busy. For like a whole year!
And last but not the least, I need to blog more often. *chuckle*