When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11: Or How to Explain Quantum Physics with Heavy Metal

November 1, 2020
When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11: Or How to Explain Quantum Physics with Heavy Metal

There are deep and fascinating links between heavy metaland quantum physics. No, really!While teaching at the University of Nottingham, physicist PhilipMoriarty noticed something odd, a surprising number of his studentswere heavily into metal music. Colleagues, too: a Venn diagram ofphysicists and metal fans would show a shocking amount ofoverlap.What's more, it turns out that heavy metal music is uniquelywell-suited to explaining quantum principles.In When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to Eleven, Moriarty explainsthe mysteries of the universe's inner workings via drum beats andfeedback: You'll discover how the Heisenberg uncertainty principlecomes into play with every chugging guitar riff, what waveinterference has to do with Iron Maiden, and why metalheads in moshpits behave just like molecules in a gas.If you're a metal fan trying to grasp the complexities of quantumphysics, a quantum physicist baffled by heavy metal, or justsomeone who'd like to know how the fundamental science underpinningour world connects to rock music, this book will take you, in thewords of Pantera, to "A New Level."For those who think quantum physics is too mind-bendinglycomplex to grasp, or too focused on the invisibly small to berelevant to our full-sized lives, this funny, fascinating book willshow you that physics is all around us . . . and it rocks.