August 15, 2006

No. They're like buses

Writing about web page http://www.nfb.ca/animation/objanim/en/films/film.php?film=&_onfplr_sel=plr&sort=director&director=Barker,%20Cordell&id=17537&formats=default&speeds=default&use_cc=no&use_dv=no

Stumbled across this today and was wondering if anyone else has ever seen it before. I remember it vividly from when I was quite little, but I have no idea why I would ever have seen it before, and often enough to remember quite a lot of it.

I remember finding it really creepy.

Any suggestions as to when this was ever on television greatly appreciated.


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  1. Brilliantly done.

    But clearly also an educational film for physicists. They’ve all heard of Schroedinger’s cat and think it has something to do with the observation of atomic decay, quantum indeterminacy or superposition.

    Not at all. In fact, a common misconception.

    During a break in serious thinking in 1935 when he was disturbed by his pet cat yet again bellowing to be fed, Erwin Schroedinger observed the ability of the animal to move from one point in space to another without passing through the intervening space.

    The whole foundation of quantum mechanics was spread before him. Oh, sure, people had tinkered around the edge before, but there in front of him was a practical demonstration that could be quickly knocked up into a full up world changing research paper (the proceeds of which would also pay his rent for the month). And that is what the cartoon is trying to explain.

    Amazing bit of animation, entertaining in one sense, educational in another. Works on many levels. Brilliant!

    15 Aug 2006, 15:48


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