Can quantum mechanics help a UK council plan when to collect bins?

Josie Ford The order of not things Cambridge – of Cambridgeshire, not Massachusetts, before anyone jumps in – is famed as the academic home of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell and G. E. Moore, three philosophers who did much to elucidate, not to say obfuscate, language, logic and meaning. It is very much in their spirit, … Read more

Majorana particles: Weird form of light can be made by ‘splitting’ photons

Physicists have shown that ‘splitting’ particles of light into so-called Majorana bosons, a feat long thought to be mathematically impossible, may be achievable Physics 15 December 2021 By Leah Crane Artistic illustration of a photon split in two Trustees of Dartmouth College A type of light that was previously thought to be impossible may be … Read more

Werner Heisenberg | Famed for his quantum uncertainty principle

It might seem an obvious statement that there are limits to what we know, but the principle first expounded by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg in 1927 takes things to a new and weird level. Think of a football. If you kick a football, knowing where it is doesn’t stop you knowing where it’s going, … Read more