Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states that we cannot know certain pairs of physical properties such as a particle's position and momentum precisely and simultaneously.

In science lingo the word principle is quite a strong word. For instance, the law of conservation of mass is also referred to as the principle of mass conservation.

Many experiments have been performed whose results seem to support Heisenburg's theory. However, the nature of the theory is such that it is extremely challenging to disprove. Many lines of thought in physics have it that the universe has many dimensions. If this can be demonstrated then perhaps Heisenburg's theory could be disproven with the help of a cool trans-dimensional experimental apparatus.