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 The Origins of Life and the Cosmos as Evolutionary Themes

Paul F. Lurquin and Linda Stone

in Evolution and Religious Creation Myths: How Scientists Respond

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195315387
eISBN:
9780199785674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315387.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter demonstrates that the origin of the universe was probabilistic, not preordained, because Heisenberg's uncertainty principle would have been violated at the level of the Big Bang. The ... More


Human Certainty Principle, of Science, Spirituality, and Experience

Benjamin D Koen

in Beyond the Roof of the World: Music, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195367744
eISBN:
9780199867295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367744.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Chapter 7 builds upon the concepts of unity and oneness, and the dynamics of balance and vibration, to frame the roles that music, sound, prayer, breath, movement, and meditation play in ... More


Never Certain

Michael Munowitz

in Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167375
eISBN:
9780199787104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The grain of nature is not infinitesimally fine. Neither momentum nor energy nor anything else in nature can be sliced so thinly as to fade away on a microscopic scale. Every transaction is processed ... More


What Is Light, Really?

Sönke Johnsen

in The Optics of Life: A Biologist's Guide to Light in Nature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691139906
eISBN:
9781400840663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691139906.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This concluding chapter explains that the modern theory of light falls within the field of quantum mechanics. At first glance, quantum mechanics does not seem that strange—its name is based on the ... More


What is Quantum Uncertainty?

Gershon Kurizki and Goren Gordon

in The Quantum Matrix: Henry Bar's Perilous Struggle for Quantum Coherence

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787464
eISBN:
9780191829512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787464.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Eve attempts to eavesdrop on Henry, who discovers that her eavesdropping strategy is susceptible to hindrances imposed by the QM uncertainty principle. Eve can detect Henry’s whereabouts to any ... More


Linear optical amplifiers*

J. C. Garrison and R. Y. Chiao

in Quantum Optics

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780198508861
eISBN:
9780191708640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508861.003.0017
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This chapter begins by specializing the general definition of optical amplifiers to a special class of linear amplifiers that includes all those in common use. Amplifiers are divided into the ... More


The Changing Universe

Demetris Nicolaides

in In Search of a Theory of Everything: The Philosophy Behind Physics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190098353
eISBN:
9780190098384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190098353.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Everything is constantly changing, and nothing is ever the same, Heraclitus proposed, and in accordance with Logos, the intelligible eternal law of nature. Thus, everything is in a state of becoming ... More


Heisenberg, Bohr, Robertson, and the Uncertainty Principle: The Interpretation of Quantum Uncertainty

Jim Baggott

in The Quantum Cookbook: Mathematical Recipes for the Foundations for Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198827856
eISBN:
9780191866579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827856.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

From the outset, Heisenberg had resolved to eliminate classical space-time pictures involving particles and waves from the quantum mechanics of the atom. He had wanted to focus instead on the ... More


Uncertainty In Geology

C. John Mann

in Computers in Geology - 25 Years of Progress

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195085938
eISBN:
9780197560525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195085938.003.0025
Subject:
Computer Science, Software Engineering

The nuclear waste programs of the United States and other countries have forced geologists to think specifically about probabilities of natural events, because the legal requirements to license ... More


Quantum Theory

Frank S. Levin

in Surfing the Quantum World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198808275
eISBN:
9780191846014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808275.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

The subject of Chapter 8 is the fundamental principles of quantum theory, the abstract extension of quantum mechanics. Two of the entities explored are kets and operators, with kets being ... More


On the Quantum Footpath

David D. Nolte

in Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198805847
eISBN:
9780191843808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198805847.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter shows how the concept of the trajectory of a quantum particle almost vanished in the battle between Werner Heisenberg’s matrix mechanics and Erwin Schrödinger’s wave mechanics. It took ... More


Managing and Regulating the Shifting Boundaries of the Firm

Eric W Orts

in Business Persons: A Legal Theory of the Firm

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199670918
eISBN:
9780191749599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670918.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Organization Studies

This chapter examines the legal boundaries of the firm, which shift depending on questions that are asked (an organizational version of the “uncertainty principle”). The legal boundaries of firms ... More


Ideal and Technical Filters

Melle Jan Kromhout

in The Logic of Filtering: How Noise Shapes the Sound of Recorded Music

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780190070137
eISBN:
9780190070175
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190070137.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

Chapter 3 shows how the logic of noise reduction is anchored in historical discourses on sound and technology, taking a closer look at the development, from the early nineteenth century onward, of ... More


Paradoxes of Nature

Demetris Nicolaides

in In Search of a Theory of Everything: The Philosophy Behind Physics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190098353
eISBN:
9780190098384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190098353.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Parmenides’s insinuation of an unchanging universe is assertively supported by Zeno with various logical paradoxes that question the very nature of plurality, space, time, and the reality of apparent ... More


New Timer: Finding Mr. Heisenberg Instead

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262478
eISBN:
9780520948792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0016
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

In this chapter, the authors discuss moral questions they apply each time they commit an act of journalism that goes beyond the basic “who, what, when, where, and why.” The moral question comes down ... More


Empirical: The Physical Sciences

Peter V. Rabins

in The Why of Things: Causality in Science, Medicine, and Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164726
eISBN:
9780231535458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164726.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses three concepts, developed during the twentieth century, that have significantly influenced the current conceptualization of causality: relativity theory, quantum mechanics, and ... More


A Parenthesis on Quantum Mechanics

Alvaro De Rújula

in Enjoy Our Universe: You Have No Other Choice

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198817802
eISBN:
9780191859366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198817802.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

ty principle. Illustrated with the classic example of the two-slit experiment, Nature’s way of implementing a particular zen dictum. The behavior of waves and bullets when encountering an obstacle.


The Quantum Cookbook: Mathematical Recipes for the Foundations for Quantum Mechanics

Jim Baggott

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198827856
eISBN:
9780191866579
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827856.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The Quantum Cookbook provides a unique bridge between popular exposition and formal textbook presentation, based on derivations of the iconic equations of quantum mechanics. This is a book for ... More


Quantum Mechanics

Nicholas Manton and Nicholas Mee

in The Physical World: An Inspirational Tour of Fundamental Physics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198795933
eISBN:
9780191837111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795933.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

In this chapter, the main features of quantum theory are presented. The chapter begins with a historical account of the invention of quantum mechanics. The meaning of position and momentum in quantum ... More


Uncertainty Is Inherent in Science

Kostas Kampourakis and Kevin McCain

in Uncertainty: How It Makes Science Advance

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190871666
eISBN:
9780190871697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190871666.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

At times people seem to have a mythical view of science as an infallible source of absolute certainty. Despite the prevalence of such a view, it is deeply misguided. All science is inherently ... More


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