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Go to http://aatishb.com/covidtrends to explore the graph from the video yourself!
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Grant's 3Blue1Brown Video: Exponential Growth and Epidemics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kas0tIxDvrg
Aatish's Exponential/Logistic Curve-Fitting Site: https://github.com/aatishb/covid/blob/master/curvefit.ipynb
Data Source: https://github.com/CSSEGISandData/COVID-19
Our World in Data Page on Coronavirus: https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus
How many tests for COVID-19 are being performed around the world? https://ourworldindata.org/covid-testing
Understanding logarithmic scales: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/health/coronavirus-data-logarithm-chart.html
What we can learn from the countries winning the coronavirus fight: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-26/coronavirus-covid19-global-spread-data-explained/12089028
(Great explainer on log scales and growth curves explained in the context of COVID-19 in different countries)
This video is a collaboration with Aatish Bhatia about how to see the COVID-19 tipping point - we present a better way to graph COVID-19 coronavirus cases using a logarithmic scale in "phase space" - plotting the growth rate against the cumulative cases, rather than either of these against time.
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This video is about the Ozma problem of distinguishing the chirality (ie left-handedness or right-handedness) of matter using weak interaction processes like beta decay (for example in uranium), or neutral kaon/k-meson decay. This is wrapped up in the phenomenon of CP violation, by which charge and parity are both violated by certain weak interaction processes - this enables antimatter to be unambiguously distinguished from matter, and left handed chirality from right handed.
REFERENCES
The Ozma Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Project
https://www.seti.org/seti-institute/project/details/early-seti-project-ozma-arecibo-message
Sean Carroll on CP Symmetry (& why we shouldn’t trot out baryogenesis all the time)
https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2010/06/04/marketing-cp-violation/
Electroweak CP Violation on Scholarpedia
http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/CPviolationinelectroweakinteractions
The Wu Experiment
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuexperiment
Martin Gardner, The New Ambidextrous Universe
https://books.google.com/books?id=kdLGa8cPPUC&lpg=PP1&pg=PR2#v=onepage&q&f=false
Lecture notes on CP Violation and the CKM Matrix, Cambridge (Mark Thomson)
https://www.hep.phy.cam.ac.uk/thomson/lectures/partIIIparticles/Handout122009.pdf
Homochirality
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homochirality
L-glucose (vs D-glucose)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-Glucose
Radioactive Nucleus Decay
http://www.radioactivity.eu.com/site/pages/RadioactiveSeries.htm
CP Violation in Semi-Leptonic Decays (SEE PAGE 426 for reference to definition of MATTER)
https://www.hep.phy.cam.ac.uk/thomson/lectures/partIIIparticles/Handout122009.pdf
Kaon Decay Modes
http://pdg.lbl.gov/2012/listings/rpp2012-list-K-zero-L.pdf
Flipped bowling Jesus scene in Big Lebowski
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWz8NGIisMo
Isotopes of Uranium
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopesofuranium
Beta Decay
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betadecay
The Wu Experiment
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuexperiment
Kaons
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaon
CP Violation in Symmetry Magazine
https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/charge-parity-violation
Physics Stack Exchange on CP Violation
https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/160511/what-cp-violating-processes-do-we-know-of
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This video is about cutting, taping, and rearranging the periodic table into the Left Step form, the Mendeleev's flower form, the cake form, the wide form, the standard form, and so on. A great holiday craft!!
REFERENCES
Alternate Periodic Tables
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_periodic_tables
Electronegativity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronegativity
Atomic Radius Radii
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_radius
First Ionization energy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionization_energy
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This video is about why words flip left & right (aka horizontally) in a mirror but not up & down (aka vertically). The answer has to do with specular reflection, mirrors being like windows into another world (alternate universes, just with in and out flipped!), and transparency of the things we write on.
REFERENCES
Specular Reflection
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specular_reflection
PhysicsGirl video about mirrors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBpxhfBlVLU
Fermat’s principle
http://electron6.phys.utk.edu/optics421/modules/m1/Fermat's%20principle.htm
Thomas-Fermi screening
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas%E2%80%93Fermi_screening
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This video is about two-photon (gamma-gamma) physics, and how photons can interact with each other - either mediated by a passing lepton, or gravitationally via lensing, or via vacuum fluctuation pair production of vertical particles (electron-positron pair, for example). This is the so-called "box diagram" feynman diagram.
REFERENCES
Water waves interact with each other (weakly nonlinear shallow water waves)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korteweg%E2%80%93deVriesequation
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Korteweg-deVriesEquation.html
Paper: Absorption of Very High Energy Gamma Rays in the Milky Way
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1608.01587.pdf
Paper: Observing light-by-light scattering at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1305.7142.pdf
Mass-Energy Scale
http://labs.minutelabs.io/Mass-Energy-Scale/
Optical Depth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opticaldepth
The electromagnetic spectrum and photon energies
http://labman.phys.utk.edu/phys222core/modules/m6/The%20EM%20spectrum.html
Gravitational Lensing
http://andybohn.com/research/lensing.html
Ask an Astrophysicist on gamma ray scattering and energies in cosmology
http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/reference/imaginedvd/files/imagine/docs/askastro/answers/970412e.html
Measuring Vacuum Polarisation with High Power Lasers
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1510.08456.pdf
Detecting vacuum birefringence with X-ray free electron lasers and high-power optical lasers
https://indico.desy.de/indico/event/12654/session/2/contribution/8/material/slides/0.pdf
Vacuum birefringence in the head-on collision of XFEL and optical high-intensity laser pulses
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1807.03302.pdf
ATLAS makes first direct detection of Light-by-light scattering at the LHC
https://atlas.cern/updates/press-statement/atlas-sees-first-direct-evidence-light-light-scattering-high-energy
Two Photon Physics
http://www.hep.ucl.ac.uk/opal/gammagamma/gg-tutorial.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-photonphysics
Thesis: The Opacity of the Universe for high and very high energy γ-rays
http://inspirehep.net/record/1254304/files/desy-thesis-13-033.pdf
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This video is about how Russian physicist Aleksandr Fridman corrected Albert Einstein about the expansion of the universe. Einstein thought that general relativity implied that space had to be static and unchanging, but he had made a technical error regarding the differentiation of the metric (in particular, I believe he mistook the determinant of the metric for a scalar rather than a tensor density of weight 2). Friedmann didn't make this differential geometric mistake, and the cosmologies he found from the Einstein Equations were more varied in their properties - they could be expanding, or contracting, or (with the cosmological constant), static.
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REFERENCES
Alexander Friedmann
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Friedmann
Einstein Wrongly Criticizes Alexander Friedmann
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol13-trans/301
Alexander Friedmann Corrects Einstein
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol13-trans/363
Einstein Admits his Mathematical Mistake
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol14-trans/77
Interrogating the Legend of Einstein’s “Biggest Blunder”
https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.06768
Cosmological Considerations in the General Theory of Relativity
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol6-trans/433
On the General Theory of Relativity (Einstein)
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol6-trans/110
The Field Equations of Gravitation
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol6-trans/129
The Einstein Field Equations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_field_equations
Presentation about the Sequence of Events
http://web.mit.edu/8.286/www/slides07/Einstein-and-Friedmann.pdf
Tensor Densities:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensor_density
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REFERENCES
Cynthia Dwork (key inventor of Differential Privacy), giving a great intro talk about differential privacy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg-VhHlztqo
Hazards of Smoking: the Effect on Life Span
https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMsa1211128
NHL Hockey Birth distributions
https://www.quanthockey.com/nhl/birth-month-totals/nhl-players-career-stats.html
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This video was made in collaboration with the US Census Bureau and fact-checked by Census Bureau scientists. Any opinions and errors are my own. For more information, visit https://census.gov/about/policies/privacy/statistical_safeguards.html or search "differential privacy" at http://census.gov.
REFERENCES
Differential Privacy in the Wild: http://www.vldb.org/pvldb/vol9/p1611-machanavajjhala.pdf
Harvard University Privacy Tools Project: https://privacytools.seas.harvard.edu/differential-privacy
Simons Institute Workshop Video Recordings and Articles Archive: https://simons.berkeley.edu/workshops/schedule/6281
Cynthia Dwork (key inventor of Differential Privacy), giving a great intro talk about differential privacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg-VhHlztqo
Shiva P Kasiviswanathan and Adam Smith. On the semantics of differential privacy: A Bayesian formulation. Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality, 6(1):1–16, 2014.
Shiva Prasad Kasiviswanathan and Adam Smith. On the ‘semantics’ of differential privacy: A Bayesian formulation. 2015. https://arxiv.org/abs/0803.3946
Daniel Kifer and Ashwin Machanavajjhala. A rigorous and customizable framework for privacy. In ACM Symposium on Principles of Database Systems (PODS), 2012.
Daniel Kifer and Ashwin Machanavajjhala. Pufferfish: A framework for mathematical privacy definitions. ACM Trans. Database Syst., 39(1):3, 2014.
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The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer
For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole.
Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of the book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the Sun.
By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
REFERENCES
How To (Randall Munroe) - see above for links!
Rock melting points
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Geophys/meltrock.html
Syracuse University Researchers Make Lava Using Keweenawan Basalt
http://lavaproject.syr.edu/making-lava/making.html
BEDROCK GEOLOGY OF WISCONSIN MAP: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–EXTENSION Geological and Natural History Survey
Electric Furnace
https://www.amazon.com/Automatic-Electric-Refining-Precious-Aluminum/dp/B07LCKKFWX/
Large Geothermal Power Plants
https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/largest-geothermal-power-plants-in-the-world.html
https://www.calpine.com/operations/power-operations/our-locations/california/ridge-line
Coal Power Plant Capacity
https://www.talenenergy.com/plant/colstrip/
The size of an A19 or A21 Lightbulb
https://blog.1000bulbs.com/home/a21-vs-a19
Low melting point Vanadate glass
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1143/JJAP.50.088002
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Check out the "What is a Day?" interactive video at https://labs.minutelabs.io/what-is-a-day/
It's super cool!! (and made by Jasper Palfree & the MinuteEarth/MinutePhysics team)
The MinutePhysics video about Why December Has the Longest Days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZMMuv0Ltyo
This video is about the length of a solar day vs a stellar day vs a mean standard day, what they all have to do with each other and the earth's orbit, eccentricity, axial tilt, and so on. Also, aliens and asteroids. It'll explain the equation of time, and why the longest day is in December. The lab will also show you what days are like on all the other planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and even - though it's not a planet - Pluto.
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This video is about how Albert Einstein made a mistake when applying the Field Equations of General Relativity to cosmology (in particular, to a static, constant density universe), and solved the problem by introducing the cosmological constant, rather than allowing for a dynamic universe with a scale factor - that is, the Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker universe, first developed by Alexander Friedmann of Russia. Later, it was discovered by the Slipher and Hubble red-shift that the universe is indeed expanding, and even later, by Schwarz and company in 1998, that the expansion is accelerating - aka, dark energy. And the cosmological constant was re-introduced.
REFERENCES
The Einstein Field Equations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_field_equations
Interrogating the Legend of Einstein’s “Biggest Blunder”
https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.06768
On the General Theory of Relativity (Einstein)
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol6-trans/110
The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity (Albert Einstein)
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol6-trans/158
Cosmological Considerations in the General Theory of Relativity
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol6-trans/433
Einstein Wrongly Criticizes Alexander Friedmann
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol13-trans/301
Alexander Friedmann Corrects Einstein
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol13-trans/363
Einstein Admits his Mathematical Mistake
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol14-trans/77
The Field Equations of Gravitation
https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol6-trans/129
George Gamow
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gamow
Mach’s Principle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mach%27s_principle
Equivalence Principle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equivalence_principle
Sean Carroll and William Press Paper
https://preposterousuniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/cpt92.pdf
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This video is about the Portal Paradox - a paradox in the video game Portal (and Portal 2) regarding whether or not a companion cube passing through a moving portal plops out of the other end with no speed (velocity, momentum), or shoots out at high speed. It’s a question of conservation of momentum, relativity of velocities, wormholes, 3D printers and quantum teleportation, glitches, and more.
REFERENCES
Conservation of momentum
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momentum#Conservation_in_a_continuum
Principle of Locality
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_locality
YouTube video of testing the Portal 2 game engine on the portal Paradox https://youtu.be/S85nudR6D-Y
Tutorial for how to program the Portal portals on your own: https://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/132164/games_demystified_portal.php
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Thanks to the Heising Simons Foundation (https://www.hsfoundation.org/) for their support of this video, and of short range gravity research.
This video is about how little we know about the behavior of gravity at short length and distance scales, what the constraints are on the inverse square law/Newton's law of universal gravitation, at the human and microscopic and atomic scales. Only on solar system scales or larger do we have good constraints on Newton's law of gravitation.
REFERENCES
Review of short-range gravity experiments in the LHC era
https://arxiv.org/abs/1408.3588v2
Zeptonewton force sensing with nanospheres in an optical lattice
https://arxiv.org/abs/1603.02122
Large extra dimensions
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_extra_dimension
Search for Screened Interactions Associated with Dark Energy Below the 100 μm Length Scale
https://arxiv.org/abs/1604.04908
Tests of the Gravitational Inverse-Square Law below the Dark-Energy Length Scale
https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0611184v1
Photon Mass Experiment
http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.13149
Torsion balance experiments: A low-energy frontier of particle physics
E.G. Adelberger, J.H. Gundlach, B.R. Heckel, S. Hoedl, S. Schlamminger
doi:10.1016/j.ppnp.2008.08.002
TESTS OF THE GRAVITATIONAL INVERSE-SQUARE LAW
E.G. Adelberger, B.R. Heckel, and A.E. Nelson
Annu. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. 2003. 53:77–121 doi: 10.1146/annurev.nucl.53.041002.110503
Physical Review A, Vol 33, No 1: Improved result for the accuracy of Coulomb's law: A review of the Williams, Faller, and Hill experiment.
Lewis P. Fulcher.
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This video is about how I designed and made my own custom mute guitar pedal for my clip-on mic and piezo pickup on my violin (fiddle). The mic is an AT Pro35 phantom powered XLR condensor microphone, and the pickup is a Fishman V200 piezoelectric transducer. I got all of the parts from PartsExpress.
Thanks to my band (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEKRoVVSZKGih6v_xK4LAdw), Caleb, Pete, Paul and Troy, and to Hannah for filming.
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REFERENCES:
Gearslutz mute wiring for phantom powered vs dynamic/line-level microphones:
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/geekslutz-forum/813680-how-wire-external-xlr-off-switch-pedal.html
Beavis Audio Research:
http://beavisaudio.com/techpages/
Pickups on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickup_%28music_technology%29
Microphone mute pedal on “I like to make stuff”
https://iliketomakestuff.com/make-microphone-mute-pedal/
Balanced vs unbalanced audio:
http://www.aviom.com/blog/balanced-vs-unbalanced/
Balanced signals on wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_audio
Phantom Power:
http://acousticguitar.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-microphone-phantom-power/
Phantom Power explained on Sweetwater:
https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/how-phantom-power-works/
Piezoelectricity:
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This video explains how Shor’s Algorithm factors the pseudoprime number 314191 into its prime factors using a quantum computer. The quantum computation relies on the number-theoretic analysis of the factoring problem via modular arithmetic mod N (where N is the number to be factored), and finding the order or period of a random coprime number mod N. The exponential speedup comes in part from the use of the quantum fast fourier transform which achieves interference among frequencies that are not related to the period (period-finding is the goal of the QFT FFT).
REFERENCES
RSA Numbers (sample large numbers to try factoring)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_numbers
IBM on RSA https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSB23S1.1.0.13/gtps7/s7pkey.html
Modulo Multiplication Group Tables http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ModuloMultiplicationGroup.html
Difference of squares factorization https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Difference_of_two_squares
Euclid’s Algorithm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclideanalgorithm
Rational sieve for factoring https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_sieve
General Number field Sieve https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalnumberfieldsieve
Scott Aaronson blog post about Shor’s Algorithm https://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=208
Experimental implementation of Shor’s Algorithm (factoring 15, 21, and 35) https://arxiv.org/pdf/1903.00768.pdf
Adiabatic Quantum Computation factoring the number 291311 https://arxiv.org/pdf/1706.08061.pdf
Scott Aaronson course notes https://www.scottaaronson.com/qclec/ https://www.scottaaronson.com/qclec/combined.pdf
Shor’s Algorithm on Quantiki https://www.quantiki.org/wiki/shors-factoring-algorithm
TLS And SSL use RSA encryption https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TransportLayerSecurity
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This video explains Shor’s Algorithm, a way to efficiently factor large pseudoprime integers into their prime factors using a quantum computer. The quantum computation relies on the number-theoretic analysis of the factoring problem via modular arithmetic mod N (where N is the number to be factored), and finding the order or period of a random coprime number mod N. The exponential speedup comes in part from the use of the quantum fast fourier transform which achieves interference among frequencies that are not related to the period (period-finding is the goal of the QFT FFT).
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This video is about compressed air cans (aka gas dusters) and why they get cold when you spray them. They cool off because the refrigerant inside (1,1-difluoroethane) is under pressure and boils off when the pressure lowers, and energy lost to the latent heat of vaporization cools the can a lot. Difluoroethane normally boils at -25°C (-13°F), but under ~6 atm (6 bar, 600 kpa) it is a liquid at room temperature. The gas also cools off slightly due to the Joule-Thompson effect of fluid expansion through a throttled valve. Difluoroethane is heavier than air and water soluble, so it is recommended to use it in a ventilated environment to clean your keyboard, etc. Also, 1,1-difluoroethane is a potent greenhouse gas. It is also known as Freon 152a, Ethylidene difluoride, Ethylidene fluoride, HFC-152a, R-152a, and DFE.
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REFERENCES
CRC Air Duster Safety Data Sheet
http://docs.crcindustries.com/msds/5185.pdf
Latent Heat of vaporization
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latentheat
1,1-difluoroethane chemical and physical properties
https://webbook.nist.gov/cgi/cbook.cgi?ID=C75376&Mask=3FFF
1,1-difluoroethane on wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1,1-Difluoroethane
Free Expansion of Real Gases, Goussard, 1993
http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.17417
Joule-Thompson Expansion Course Notes
http://tccc.iesl.forth.gr/education/local/Labs-PC-II/JT.pdf
Properties of 1,1-difluoroethane
http://www.inchem.org/documents/sids/sids/75376.pdf
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/11-difluoroethane
Medical Effects of difluoroethane
https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+5205
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This joke video is about how Internet Service Providers (aka ISPs, internet companies, telecommunications companies, etc) violate the basic axioms of Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory. Like the axiom of choice (sometimes Well-ordering theorem), the Axiom of extensionality, Axiom of regularity (also called the Axiom of foundation), Axiom schema of specification, Axiom of pairing, Axiom of union, Axiom schema of replacement, Axiom of infinity, Axiom of power set.
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This video is about the cosmic distance scale and how we see objects farther away in space (ie at higher red shift) farther back in time because light takes time to reach us. Thus we can see not only stars and galaxies, but also the primordial stars & proto-galaxies, and even the remnants of the beginning of the universe itself: the CMB cosmic microwave background left over from the big bang.
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This video is about how to create muons in a particle accelerator via bombardment of heavy nuclei with protons, which results in creation of charged pions (plus and minus). The pions then decay into muons and mu neutrinos, and the muons then decay into electrons or positrons and more neutrinos. Muons also form in the upper atmosphere due to cosmic rays, and the uses of muons includes experimental tests of time dilation in special relativity, catalyzing muonic cold nuclear fusion, and more.
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This video is about Hardy's Paradox, wherein an electron and positron (or photons polarized horizontally and vertically) pass through Mach-Zehnder interferometers that overlap such that the particles have a chance of annihilating. If they do annihilate, then the interference pattern changes and there is a probability for both particles to be detected in the "dark arms" of the detector, that is, where previously there was no probability for detection for either particle. The paradox has implications for local realism, contextuality, lorentz elements of reality, and has been used as an experimental setup for weak measurements.
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This video is about how terrestrial muons are part of our experimental proof of time dilation, length contraction, and special relativity in general.
REFERENCES
Cosmic Rays
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_ray
Terrestrial Cosmic Rays
http://people.physics.tamu.edu/wwu/docs/P225/P225_Project_terrestrial%20cosmic%20rays.pdf
Cosmic Ray Interaction Depth & Muon Production Altitude
http://cosmic.lbl.gov/SKliewer/Cosmic_Rays/Interaction.htm
Cosmic rays are stronger at the poles
http://www.antarcticglaciers.org/glacial-geology/dating-glacial-sediments-2/cosmic-rays/
Cosmic Rays on Hyperphysics
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Exponential decay and mean lifetime
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exponential_decay#Mean_lifetime
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This video is about Tuned Mass Dampers, which can be used to reduce or avoid unwanted vibrations, swaying, swinging, bending, etc on engineered structures ranging from buildings, skyscrapers, electricity power transmission lines, airplane engines, formula one race cars, etc. TMD's use damped coupled oscillators.
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Taipei Tower TMD Photo licensed from: Louie Psihoyos http://www.psihoyos.com
Coupled oscillators: http://www.reed.edu/physics/faculty/wheeler/documents/Sophmore%20Class%20Notes%202007/Chapter%204.pdf
Related things: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockbridge_damper
Applications: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuned_mass_damper#Mass_dampers_in_automobiles
Formula 1 cars: http://www.formula1-dictionary.net/mass_damper.html
Aircraft engines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centrifugal_pendulum_absorber
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This video is chapter 8 in my series on special relativity, and it presents a hands-on explanation of the resolution to the Twins Paradox using the mechanical minkowski diagram, aka mechanical Lorentz transformation, aka spacetime globe. Of course, the Twins paradox can be resolved with an understanding of spacetime intervals, relative inertial frames of reference, etc, but this is a nice hands-on version where you actually measure the proper times on a real, physical spacetime diagram with a ruler.
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This video is about how the physics and chemistry of sugar (in particular, how it melts, and how it caramelizes) is more complicated than you might think. It involves fructose, sucrose, glucose, and a sticky mess.
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This video recounts a lecture by Richard Feynman giving an elementary demonstration of why planets orbit in ellipses. See the excellent book by Judith and David Goodstein, "Feynman's lost lecture”, for the full story behind this lecture, and a deeper dive into its content.
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This video is chapter 7 in my series on special relativity, and it covers the idea that some things AREN'T relative: there IS a sense of absolute length and absolute time, which can be agreed upon from all moving perspectives (as long as they're inertial reference frames). In particular, proper length and proper time, aka the spacetime interval. Essentially, this is the spacetime version of the pythagorean theorem, and we'll explore it using the Lorentz transformations of lengths and time intervals, enacted with a mechanical minkowski diagram, aka mechanical Lorentz transformation, aka spacetime globe.
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This video is about the cycloid curves on Jupiter's moon Europa - they're ridges or valleys in the icy surface that formed due to some sort of geological or tectonic-esque phenomenon. The answer involves ping pong balls, the pacific ring of fire, subduction, tidal bulges, and tailcracking,
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Europa image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/PIA19048_realistic_color_Europa_mosaic.jpg
Europa “google maps” explorere: https://www.mapaplanet.org/explorer-bin/explorer.cgi?map=Europa&layers=europa_galileo_bw&west=180&south=-90&east=-180&north=90¢er_lat=0¢er=0&defaultcenter=on&grid=none&stretch=none&projection=SIMP&advoption=NO&info=NO&resolution=2
Cycloid: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycloid
Formation of Europa cycloid cracks: http://pirlwww.lpl.arizona.edu/HIIPS/Publications/hoppa_abstracts/cycloid.html
Smashed ping pong ball: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/222359947_fig2_Ping-pong-balls-are-good-macroscopic-examples-for-shells-as-they-display-the-main
Dented ping pong balls: http://www.katharine-yi.com/uploads/1/8/4/0/18406703/1399540277.png
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This video is chapter 6 in my series on special relativity, and it covers the topic of relativistic addition of velocity: aka, how things that are moving relative to one inertial reference frame, which is moving relative to another reference frame, what speed or velocity are those things moving relative to the second frame. We'll show this using the Lorentz transformation of moving worldlines, enacted with a mechanical minkowski diagram, aka mechanical Lorentz transformation, aka spacetime globe.
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This video is chapter 5 in my series on special relativity, and it covers how things that are moving (that is, moving relative to an inertial reference frame) at different speeds appear to be shorter in length... and longer in length. And shorter in time, and longer in time. It all makes sense, I promise, and is clear when you use the Lorentz transformation of coordinates of the events in question, enacted with a mechanical minkowski diagram, aka mechanical Lorentz transformation, aka spacetime globe.
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This video is chapter 4 in my series on special relativity, and it covers how things that appear simultaneous from one perspective in our universe aren't simultaneous from other moving perspectives - that is, from inertial reference frames moving at different speeds. This is explained via the Lorentz transformation of coordinates of the events in question, enacted with a mechanical minkowski diagram, aka mechanical Lorentz transformation, aka spacetime globe.
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This video is chapter 3 in my series on special relativity, and it covers boosts, galilean transformations, newtonian relativity, and of course Lorentz transformations, the constancy of the speed of light, relative changes of velocity between inertial reference frames, etc - some of the stuff Einstein figured out. I introduce the mechanical minkowski diagram, aka mechanical Lorentz transformation, aka spacetime globe.
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This video is about the line between Brown dwarfs and gas giant planets (aka super Jupiter's): does it exist? Is it the deuterium-burning threshold? Behavior? Metallicity? Formation? Or is there no meaningful scientific distinction, and are brown dwarfs and giant planets really all on a spectrum with no clear line between them?
REFERENCES
Giant planet and brown dwarf formation https://arxiv.org/abs/1401.7559
Exoplanets versus brown dwarfs: the CoRoT view and the future https://arxiv.org/abs/1604.00917
Defining and cataloging exoplanets: The exoplanet.eu database https://arxiv.org/abs/1106.0586
A Definition for Giant Planets Based on the Mass-Density Relationship
https://arxiv.org/abs/1506.05097
Spatial differences between stars and brown dwarfs: a dynamical origin? https://arxiv.org/abs/1403.7053v1
Hints for Small Disks around Very Low-Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs
https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.01952
VLA observations of the disk around the young brown dwarf 2MASS J044427+2512 https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.07197
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This video is chapter 2 in my series on special relativity, and it covers spacetime diagrams, rotational and translational symmetry of both time and space, how certain transformations preserve distances (measured in terms of a reference like a meter or second), and so on. We'll wait until the next video to talk about Lorentz transformations, relativity of velocity, minkowski diagrams, and the speed of light.
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This is the first in a series of videos about special relativity. This is definitely not an academic course, but it's going to be a more in depth and developed exploration of a single topic than a typical standalone MinutePhysics video. I've been greatly inspired (and heckled) to do this by my friend Grant Sanderson of 3blue1brown who's set the standard for this kind of thing with his excellent series - serieses? - on calculus and linear algebra.
So, special relativity. Special relativity is one of the most popularly famous ideas in physics – it's that thing that Einstein figured out about the speed of light and space and time and E=mc^2! It changed our understanding of the universe. And its core ideas are accessible in principle to anyone who understands some basic algebra and geometry - you don't even need to know calculus!
And yet in spite of this, special relativity is one of the subjects in physics that confuses the most people, and in many cases turns them away from physics altogether.
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This video is about the astronomical amount of astronomical evidence for black holes, ranging from x-ray binaries with accretion disks, supermassive infrared-radiating galactic nuclei black holes, orbital characteristics of high mass binaries, and direct gravitational wave detection of inspiraling merging black hole binaries with LIGO. Yes, they're real.
REFERENCES
Interactive: Masses in the Stellar Graveyard https://ligo.northwestern.edu/media/mass-plot/index.html
Galactic Center Orbital Models and Inner Stellar Distributions
Data provided by Andrea Ghez and Sylvana Yelda, UCLA (obtained with the Keck Telescopes)
Visualization by Stuart Levy and Robert Patterson, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
http://avl.ncsa.illinois.edu/astrophysics/galactic-center-orbital-models-and-inner-stellar-distributions
Masses of observed black Holes:
https://stellarcollapse.org/bhmasses
Downloadable LIGO Data: https://losc.ligo.org/events/GW170817/
LIGO Neutron Star Binary Merger: http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/10/ligo-detects-a-neutron-star-merger
Masses of observed neutron stars: https://stellarcollapse.org/nsmasses
Cygnus X-1 X-ray binary Black Hole: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cygnus_X-1#Star_system
Lecture notes on black holes: http://eagle.phys.utk.edu/guidry/astro616/lectures/lecture_ch18.pdf
Calvera isolated neutron star X-ray source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvera_(X-ray_source)
Scientific American: pulsar that behaves like a black hole
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/black-hole-pretenders-may-be-superfast-spinning-pulsars/
Largest known neutron star: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSR_J0348%2B0432
http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=PSR+J0348%2B0432
Large Neutron Star: https://arxiv.org/abs/0712.0024
Wandering Black Hole: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/x-ray-telescopes-find-evidence-for-wandering-black-hole.html
Sagittarius A* Black Hole Infrared emissions: https://arxiv.org/pdf/0911.4659.pdf
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This video is about how efficient various reactions are at converting mass to energy (as we know from the Einstein mass-energy equivalence of E=mc^2). Antimatter is very efficient but it is not naturally-occurring. Chemical reactions like fire or explosions are very inefficient. Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion are better, but not amazing on an absolute scale. Non-rotating black holes (Schwarzschild) and rotating (Kerr) are by far the most efficient, due to their accretion disks and very small radius of their innermost stable circular orbits.
REFERENCES:
Periodic Videos Hydrogen Explosion in slow motion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOTgeeTB_kA
CIA World Factbook Norway Energy Consumption: https://web.archive.org/web/20120128032332/https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2042rank.html
Binding Energy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binding_energy
Hydrogen molecular bonding: https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/chemistry/5-73-introductory-quantum-mechanics-i-fall-2005/lecture-notes/sec13.pdf
Gibbs free energy of water formation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Gibbs_free_energy_of_formation
Party Balloon Size Chart: https://broadwaypartyrental.com/wp-content/uploads/HELIUM-BALOON-CHART.pdf
Mass Excess https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_excess
Table of Mass Excesses: http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/masses/mass.mas12
Deuterium-Tritium Hydrogen Fusion Energy Released: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=((deuterium+atomic+mass)%2B(tritium+atomic+mass)-(helium-4+atomic+mass)-(neutron+mass))%2F((deuterium+atomic+mass)%2B(tritium+atomic+mass))
Hydrogen to Helium Fusion chain efficiency: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=(4(proton+mass)-(helium+4+atomic+mass))%2F(4(proton+mass))
Uranium-235 fission efficiency: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=(neutron+mass%2B(uranium+235+atomic+mass)-(krypton+92+atomic+mass)-(barium+141+atomic+mass)-3(neutron+mass))%2F(neutron+mass%2B(uranium+235+atomic+mass))
Black Hole Accretion rates: http://www-astro.physics.ox.ac.uk/~garret/teaching/lecture7-2012.pdf
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This video is about the Schwarzschild radius of a black hole, (its "event horizon"), and how much mass and density is required to reach the point of no return where an object like a star, neutron star, red giant, etc will collapse into a black hole singularity. You can calculate it yourself using just the volume equation for a sphere, and the equation for the Schwarzschild radius (and knowing the speed of light and Newton's gravitational constant).
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Lecture notes on black holes: http://eagle.phys.utk.edu/guidry/astro616/lectures/lecture_ch18.pdf
Mass of cat: https://www.google.com/search?q=mass+of+cat&oq=mass+of+cat
Schwarzschild radius: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarzschild_radius
LIGO Neutron Star Binary Merger: http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/10/ligo-detects-a-neutron-star-merger
Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff Limit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolman%E2%80%93Oppenheimer%E2%80%93Volkoff_limit
Neutron Star Equation of State & Density: http://chimera.roma1.infn.it/OMAR/dottorato/papers/annurev-nucl-102711-095018.pdf
Neutron Star Radius: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.928.903&rep=rep1&type=pdf
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Simpson's Paradox Part 2. Thanks to Skillshare for supporting this video! Head to http://skl.sh/minutephysics for your first two months free.
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This video is about how to tell whether or not university admissions are biased using statistics: aka, it's about Simpson's Paradox again!
REFERENCES:
Original Berkeley Grad Admissions Paper: https://www.unc.edu/~nielsen/soci708/cdocs/Berkeley_admissions_bias.pdf
Interactive Simpson’s Paradox Explainer:
http://vudlab.com/simpsons/
No Lawsuit, But Yes, Berkeley Study on Gender Bias
https://www.refsmmat.com/posts/2016-05-08-simpsons-paradox-berkeley.html
Statistics on college majors by gender:
https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/2016menu\_tables.asp
http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2014/10/28/359419934/who-studies-what-men-women-and-college-majors
http://www.randalolson.com/2014/06/14/percentage-of-bachelors-degrees-conferred-to-women-by-major-1970-2012/
Earnings by college major:
http://time.com/money/collection-post/3829776/heres-what-the-average-grad-makes-right-out-of-college/
Wall Street Journal Article on Simpson’s Paradox: https://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB125970744553071829
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For ages I’ve been thinking about doing a video analyzing time travel in fiction and doing a comparison of different fictional time travels – some do use wormholes, some relativistic/faster than light travel with time dilation, some closed timelike curves, some have essentially “magic” or no consistent rules that make any sense, or TARDIS's, or whatever. This video is an explanation of how time travel functions in different popular movies, books, & shows – not how it works “under the hood", but how it causally affects the perspective of characters’ timelines (who has free will? can you change things by going back to the past or forwards into the future?). In particular, I explain Ender's Game, Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Primer, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Back to the Future, Groundhog Day, Looper, the video game “Braid”, and Lifeline.
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This video is about Simpson's paradox, a statistical paradox and ecological fallacy where seemingly contradictory results are implied by a single set of data depending on how it's grouped. The paradox can arise in medical studies, student test scores, and so on.
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Interactive Simpson’s Paradox Explainer:
http://vudlab.com/simpsons/
Wisconsin vs Texas schools: http://educationnext.org/are-wisconsin-schools-better-than-those-in-texas/
Detailed analysis of Wisconsin vs Texas schools: http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2011/03/longhorns-17-badgers-1.html
National US Standardized Test Data: https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/report.aspx?p=2-SCI-3-20153,20113,20093-SRPUV-SDRACE-NP,AL,AK,AZ,AR,CA,CO,CT,DE,DC,FL,GA,HI,ID,IL,IN,IA,KS,KY,LA,ME,MD,MA,MI,MN,MS,MO,MT,NE,NV,NH,NJ,NM,NY,NC,ND,OH,OK,OR,PA,RI,SC,SD,TN,TX,UT,VT,VA,WA,WV,WI,WY,DS-MN_MN-Y_J-0-0-5
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This video is about the international system of units (SI), the international prototype kilogram (the IPK or "le grande k"), and specifically, why we need to redefine our base units in terms of fundamental constants - aka, concepts & ideas - rather than physical objects. The second is already defined in terms of a certain number of oscillations of a photon of the ground state hyperfine splitting energy of Cesium, the meter is then defined as how far light travels in a particular fraction of a second, and hopefully soon, the kilogram will be defined either using the Avogadro approach of counting silicon atoms in a sphere, or using the Watt (Kibble) Balance approach of measuring Planck's constant, h, as used in the formula E=hf for the energy of a photon, which relates to mass via Einstein's famous E=mc^2.
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Most Recent Kilogram/Planck Constant Measurement: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2017/06/new-measurement-will-help-redefine-international-unit-mass
International Bureau of Weights and Measures page: http://www.bipm.org/en/measurement-units/base-units.html
Future Definitions of SI Base Units: http://www.bipm.org/en/measurement-units/rev-si/
Resolution to redefine Kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole based on fundamental constants: http://www.bipm.org/en/CGPM/db/25/1/
Hyperfine levels of an atom (Cesium, in this case): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_level#Hyperfine_structure
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperfine_structure
Cesium: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesium#Atomic_clocks
Atomic Clocks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_clock
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This video is about using particle accelerators as part of the solar panel silicon wafer manufacturing process. The accelerators embed protons into the wafer crystals, allowing them to break and separate from the main crystal in much thinner wafers with no waste silicon. Thus, monocrystalline silicon can be used, which is more efficient.
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This video is about Bell's Theorem, one of the most fascinating results in 20th century physics. Even though Albert Einstein (together with collaborators in the EPR Paradox paper) wanted to show that quantum mechanics must be incomplete because it was nonlocal (he didn't like "spooky action at a distance"), John Bell managed to prove that any local real hidden variable theory would have to satisfy certain simple statistical properties that quantum mechanical experiments (and the theory that describes them) violate. Since then, GHZ and others have managed to extend the theoretical work, and Alain Aspect performed the first Bell test experiment in the late 1980s.
Thanks to Vince Rubinetti for the music: https://soundcloud.com/vincerubinetti/one-two-zeta
And thanks to Evan Miyazono, Aatish Bhatia, and Jasper Palfree for discussions and camaraderie during some of the inception of this video.
REFERENCES:
John Bell's Original Paper: http://inspirehep.net/record/31657/files/vol1p195-200_001.pdf
Quantum Theory and Reality: https://www.scientificamerican.com/media/pdf/197911_0158.pdf
"What Bell Did" By Tim Maudlin: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1408.1826
Bell's Theorem on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell%27s_theorem
2015 experimental confirmation that QM violates Bell's theorem: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1508.05949.pdf
https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.250402
Bell's Theorem without Inequalities (GHZ): http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.16243
Kochen-Specker Theorem: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kochen–Specker_theorem
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This video was based on Max’s book "Life 3.0”, which you can find at: http://amzn.to/2iEwe6w
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We live in an era of self driving cars, autonomous drones, deep learning algorithms, computers that beat humans at chess and go, and so on. So it’s natural to ask, will artificial superintelligence replace humans, take our jobs, and destroy human civilization? Or will AI just become tools like regular computers. AI researcher Max Tegmark helps explain the myths and facts about superintelligence, the impending machine takeover, etc.
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Footnote to the main video here: https://youtu.be/HUti6vGctQM
Feedback loops and spurious correlations!
REFERENCES:
Spurious correlations: http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations
Loopy by Nicky Case: http://ncase.me/loopy/
CERN/CMS paper on di-photon excess: https://cds.cern.ch/record/2139899
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This video is about how causal models (which use causal networks) allow us to infer causation from correlation, proving the common refrain not entirely accurate: statistics CAN be used to prove causality! Including: Reichenbach's principle, common causes, feedback, entanglement, EPR paradox, and so on.
REFERENCES:
Causal Discovery Algorithm in Quantum Mechanics Paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1208.4119.pdf
Causal Models overview (Quantum and Classical): https://arxiv.org/pdf/1609.09487.pdf
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Watch the MinuteEarth video here – I PROMISE it's really really really good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAI1N96t8Vk
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This video is about the differences between the corpses or final degenerate dense star forms that dead stars take: black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs. The main distinguishing features between them are the mass cutoffs (Chandrasekhar limit and Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff Limit), the matter that makes them up (electrons, protons, neutrons, singularity?), and what holds them up against gravity – not thermal pressure from nuclear fusion like in a star like the sun, but electron or neutron degeneracy pressure (fermi pressure/pauli exclusion principle), and the strong nuclear force, and... nothing (in the case of a black hole).
REFERENCES:
Chandrasekhar Limit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandrasekhar_limit
Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff Limit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolman–Oppenheimer–Volkoff_limit
Richard Pogge (Ohio State) on Neutron & White Dwarf Stars: http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast162/Unit3/extreme.html
Richard Pogge on Star Formation: http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast162/Unit2/starform.html
Richard Pogge on Black Holes
Differences between galaxies and galaxy clusters: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20026-when-is-a-group-of-stars-not-a-galaxy/
Introductory/review Paper on Neutron Stars: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1102.5735.pdf
White dwarf stars on hyperphysics: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Astro/whdwar.html
Brown Dwarf: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_dwarf
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