Today on Far Future Horizons we present for your viewing pleasure the BBC documentary “Uncertain Principles” which explorers the historical development of Quantum Mechanics as a new field in physics. Quantum physics led to a major paradigm shift regarding the nature of reality and the Cosmos in which we live.
This documentary explores the emergence of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle in the early 20th century, and how its implications shook up the scientific establishment of the day.
Quantum mechanics, through the pioneering work of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Louis de Broglie and several others, revealed that on the subatomic scale - energy, matter and even light has a dual, almost Jekyll and Hyde personality, showing both particle and wave like characteristics.
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Despite experiments attempting to disprove Heisenberg’s work, the Uncertainty Principle prevailed and remains one of the fundamental concepts of quantum theory.
Author’s Notes: For a detailed overview of the Historical Development of Quantum Mechanics allow me to suggest the entry on Wikipedia and John Gribbin’s delightful book “In search of Schrödinger’s Cat” and a very informative book review concerning this book.