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I missed the first episode of this and caught up with it on iPlayer. The first ep is still available until Thursday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... -nightmare

Now I have watched programmes about quantum physics before and have to admit that I've struggled a bit with some of the concepts, such as Schrödinger's cat. Though Einstein didn't get that one either. Jim Al-Khalili in this series makes it seem a bit easier though. And he doesn't mention Schrödinger's cat once. :)


SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY: The Secrets of Quantum Physics
On: BBC 4 (9)
Date: Thursday 18th December 2014 (starting in 2 days)
Time: 23:30 to 00:30 (1 hour long)

Let There be Life. Episode 2.
Jim Al-Khalili routinely deals with the strangest subject in all of science - quantum physics, the perplexing theory of sub-atomic particles. Turning his attention to the world of nature, can quantum mechanics explain the greatest mysteries in biology? The European robin navigates using one of the most bizarre effects in physics - quantum entanglement, a process which seems to defy common sense. Jim finds that even the most personal of human experiences - our sense of smell - is touched by ethereal quantum vibrations. According to new experiments it seems that our quantum noses are listening to smells. Jim discovers that the most famous law of quantum physics - the uncertainty principle - is obeyed by plants and trees as they capture sunlight during the vital process of photosynthesis. Jim wonders if the strange laws of the sub-atomic world, which allow objects to tunnel through impassable barriers in defiance of common sense, could effect the mechanism by which living species evolve?
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They had a little piece on quantum computers in Newsnight - guess what they mentioned first - Schrödinger's cat. :eek4:

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