Quantum mechanics

Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.
As quoted in Meeting the Universe Halfway (2007) by Karen Michelle Barad, p. 254, with a footnote citing The Philosophical Writings of Niels Bohr (1998).

Right first things first don’t panic. While we have standard ways of
discussing it and results we trust no one really understands quantum mechanics.
Bit of a sweeping statement that. The quantum world is so different from the everyday classical world we are used to it is very difficult to build on things we already know to explain it. Some of the finest minds have rejected it out of hand because it is more than a little strange and seems to contract the deterministic world that attracts so many to a life of study in the physical sciences. There is some very nice maths behind the whole thing. Trust in that and try not to get too scared.
Here are some other people waving ideas in the general direction of an explanation. Some do better than others. We will do a what do I need for the exam later on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9tKncAdlHQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVpXrbZ4bnU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1TVZIBj7UA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZGINaRUEkU

Richard Feynman is always worth a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUJfjRoxCbk

And here is the man that taught me quantum mechanics (not for the faint hearted): http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/quantum-mechanics

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