The Mind Bending Story Of Quantum Physics (Part 1/2) | Spark

  • Published on: 20 March 2018
  • Professor Jim Al-Khalili traces the story of arguably the most important, accurate and yet perplexing scientific theory ever: quantum physics.

    The story of quantum physics starts at the beginning of the 20th century with scientists trying to better understand how light bulbs work. This simple question soon led scientists deep into the hidden workings of matter, into the sub-atomic building blocks of the world around us. Here they discovered phenomena unlike any encountered before - a realm where things can be in many places at once, where chance and probability call the shots and where reality appears to only truly exist when we observe it.

    Albert Einstein hated the idea that nature, at its most fundamental level, is governed by chance. Jim reveals how in the 1930's, Einstein thought he'd found a fatal flaw in quantum physics. This was not taken seriously until it was tested in the 1960s. Professor Al-Khalili repeats this critical experiment, posing the question does reality really exist, or do we conjure it into existence by the act of observation?

    Elsewhere, we explore how 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. Could quantum mechanics explain the greatest mystery in biology - evolution?

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COMMENTS: 40

  • Spark
    Spark   1 years ago

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  • Simlox
    Simlox   41 minuts ago

    me a 15 year old simply trying to learn quantum physics in my freetime find the film really cool and explaining

  • Media Matters Channel
    Media Matters Channel   12 hours ago

    So well done. Nobody makes documentaries like this anymore. Even down to the flapper singing about quantum entaglement in the background. Love the craft that went in to this.

  • Fenwulf
    Fenwulf   1 days ago

    Why isn't the wave pattern simply produced by the electric field and not the electron itself?

  • Mads Møller
    Mads Møller   2 days ago

    Remember that only crocodiles and some spider specie found in Amber are precent as for 65.000.000 years back. Homo Sapiens are not even nearly on that stage. We can control fire, which have evolved too hasty in the last 15.000 years...That is to fast for our brains to manage

  • Mads Møller
    Mads Møller   2 days ago

    CERN is the biggest threat of all times..Close to produce Anti matter. It is a big mistake, that they can hold it in capture. The periodic system contains nothing but breakfast confronted with Anti matter...Have they gone mad in the cellars of white cloaks?

  • Mads Møller
    Mads Møller   2 days ago

    Quantum physics was discovered by Niels Bohr..Edison developed the light ball, from the work of Nicolas Tesla

  • Jed Gould
    Jed Gould   2 days ago

    A lot of facial closeups. Like physics depends on it.

  • David Blayney
    David Blayney   4 days ago

    Well done with the the gold leaf experiment i have read about this many times how ever to see the machine in use so very interesting gets the cogs turning

  • Everth Cruz
    Everth Cruz   5 days ago

    Excellent documentary Fascinating stuff the mysteries of science The mysteries of Quantum Physics

  • icyfyer
    icyfyer   5 days ago

    Why did you feel the need to blind us for about an hour? We didn't need so many shots of the camera staring into the sun and other lights. That's really annoying.

  • Lisa Procknow
    Lisa Procknow   5 days ago

    Lol... When he's holding the light bulb in the beginning saying how it changed the world.. All I can think of is how people are out here smokin rocks out of them now 🤣🤣

  • Casey Ray Harris. Esquire

    Wtf is the helium problem?? Oh my word that is so tantalizing. Either the guy was just messing with him and just made up some fake problem or he hinted at something he was working on which was light years ahead. Brilliant

  • Ryan McDonough
    Ryan McDonough   1 weeks ago

    What’s the song the woman is singing. It’s so nice.

  • Ayush Pratap Singh
    Ayush Pratap Singh   1 weeks ago

    This is the creepiest video i have ever watched on quantum physics

  • Nondescript
    Nondescript   1 weeks ago

    ARRRRRGGGHHHH!! This documentary seems so promising.... it asks all the right questions, about the things I really want to know the answers to... and then just as it is about to give an answer, instead it condescends by presenting some analogy instead.... I don't want to watch spinning coins for five minutes, or evil dealers playing hypothetical games, I want to know what was actually discovered, the reality of the details of John Bell's conclusion for example... instead it jumps from the stupid analogy directly to an equation without actually telling us the physical experiment that supposedly proves the validity of that equation.... SO FRUSTRATING TO WATCH.... "entangled" particles aren't spinning coins, and they aren't red or black cards, JUST TELL US WHAT ACTUAL SCIENCE WAS DONE TO ARRIVE AT THE CONCLUSION, not the stupid meaningless contrived analogies!!!

  • J. Rayna216
    J. Rayna216   1 weeks ago

    That mask that the card dealer is wearing is one of the creepier masks I’ve seen. Maybe it’s because his eyes are so visible, I’m gonna have nightmares.

  • Gill Danier
    Gill Danier   1 weeks ago

    The universe was not only made but is being sustained. There is no law for the infinite, there cannot be, it is pointless trying. Energy cannot be created or destroyed..It was here, It is here, It will always be here. The universe may not be infinite, but the infinite created it, and the infinite is contained in every particle.

  • bt21 manager
    bt21 manager   1 weeks ago

    Amazing documentary. Things like this always blows my mind and enables me to think widely. And at the end of a topic when I learn something new and astonishing I cant help but smile bcs these are so amusing. Also huge respect to the scientists who are able to think and invent and see the world is such different perspectives. They inspire me a lot

  • hardrays
    hardrays   1 weeks ago

    things cannot be in two places at one time. what you are describing is the same thing from two different perspectives. id like to thank myself and my fundamental universal intuition for being such an infinitely sharp and indestructable razor.

  • ivor worrell
    ivor worrell   1 weeks ago

    All right I tell you what, make me an offer of say US$10-million & I'll solve this whole Quantum Theory for you all. Deal?

  • ivor worrell
    ivor worrell   1 weeks ago

    I LOVE videos like this, that delve deep BEYOND the natural sciences.I'm riveted!

  • Peter Turner
    Peter Turner   1 weeks ago

    You mean it was Einstein's wife. Einstein didn't win the Noble prize - his wife did the work.

  • Busola Olagunju
    Busola Olagunju   1 weeks ago

    'Wierd'. Scientists judging phenomena? Results should be accepted without judgment I think. Thought objectivity was the hallmark of scientific enquiry.

  • RowdyRichYT
    RowdyRichYT   1 weeks ago

    So does this mean nature observes nature some how? Because if photons only exist when being observed, then how did they exist before anyone could observe them ?

  • RowdyRichYT
    RowdyRichYT   1 weeks ago

    Does the world not exist to blind people?

  • Ed Cliffe
    Ed Cliffe   1 weeks ago

    Quantum mechanics are more fun than a volkswagon full of penguins.

  • MatchstalkMan
    MatchstalkMan   1 weeks ago

    Neils: “We are Bohr. Existence is futile until we make an observation and determine an actual state.”

  • neeraj saini
    neeraj saini   1 weeks ago

    Quantum world is the future so the particles have all the possibilities. Looking at it is to create a possibilty.

  • Lynne Gilham
    Lynne Gilham   1 weeks ago

    Confirmed. The spiritual nature of the universe, of matter.

  • Sammy Joe
    Sammy Joe   1 weeks ago

    LOL So this video is much like Red light, very entertaining, but not really very much information ; ) Watching this video is like reading the introductory paragraph in a few chapters of my college physics class. Unfortunately, if any real meat of knowledge was presented here, there would be no viewers. I guess it's kinda like owning an Iphone. It makes you feel like you are part of something big, but you really don't understand even the basics of how the thing was designed. It would be nice if someone could make a hybrid series that targets more advanced viewers, but not so boring as actual college lectures.

  • STEVEN HOLTON
    STEVEN HOLTON   1 weeks ago

    Jim makes a mean podcast too....excellent listening!