Science Monday: Why we Can't Predict Everything

Just like the Jurassic Park dinosaurs, chaos rules sometimes

This week's MinutePhysics video from Henry Reich gives us a quick explanation of the nature of quantum mechanics, asking the question "Can we Predict Everything?"


Einstein and others just figured that if they had enough data, that there would be an underlying infrastructure that could explain quantum mechanics, but as the video shows, that's not the case.

Interesting that this video comes out a few days before the U.S. presidential election, where millions of dollars are being spent on polling and trying to predict the results, when there's a whole lot of chaos that can occur in this system. Of course, people might be easier to predict than weather patterns.

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