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Ian Harris: on 9/27/14 at 2:20am UTC, wrote Love the art style! Great explanation of physics concepts as well! If you...

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August 12, 2022

CATEGORY: Show Me the Physics! Video Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: Doing the Impossible by Jorge Cham [refresh]
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Jorge Cham wrote on Aug. 11, 2014 @ 14:55 GMT
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Physicists Amir Safavi-Naeini and Oskar Painter describe how they were able to measure quantum motions of 1 femtometer (0.000000000000001 meters) in a micro-scale object. Animated by Jorge Cham (PHD Comics).

Video Co-Creator(s)

Oskar Painter, California Institute of Technology
Amir Safavi-Naeini, California Institute of Technology

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Oskar Painter is a Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech. Amir Safavi-Naeini is currently a Postdoctoral scholar at ETH Zurich. Jorge Cham is the creator of the comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper (

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Member Marc Séguin wrote on Sep. 6, 2014 @ 02:53 GMT
Jorge, Oskar and Amir,

I really enjoyed this PHD Comics video about a remarkable quantum experiment! I think it is my favorite of the videos Jorge submitted: the animations nicely complement the clear explanations, and one really gets to understand what is going on in the experiment and why it is a significant achievement. Congratulations!

I hope your video does well in this contest!


P.S. If you have a chance to take a look at my trilogy of videos entitled "This Is Physics" --- where I try to convey the "fun of physics" by focusing on some of the greatest moments of its history --- it would be quite appreciated! I think many of the participants in this contest have not yet realized that a video needs to get at least 10 community ratings (before the deadline of September 12) to even get a chance to be considered for the final round... so it is vital when voting to use the video creator code that FQXi sent us, so that our votes get counted in the community category.

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Vad S Bobrovski wrote on Sep. 8, 2014 @ 00:38 GMT

Great explanation video. But you will get more excited results if you use distribution function of the concrete parameters of an event (phenomena, etc). The latest achievements of elementary-particle physics do not correlate with any of manifestation of our visible reality.

Please, watch "The Civilization of the Ruler, the Weight, the Protractor and Sand Glass" "Three body problem and Nonlocal Statistical Distribution Function"



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Ian C Harris wrote on Sep. 27, 2014 @ 02:20 GMT
Love the art style! Great explanation of physics concepts as well!

If you get a chance I'd really appreciate it if you watched our video and rated it too!

Thanks in advance,

Ian Harris

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