Haiku: Probability Cloud

When I was in college, I knew a professor who told the class quantum mechanics gave him nightmares. He said that, for a long time, he approached quantum mechanics as a strictly academic endeavor. However, there was a time when he finally began to understand the complexities and nuances of his studies on a deeper level. He said that it was difficult to think in terms of classical physics after that point.

Even something as simple as throwing a baseball with his nephew became an abstract thought experiment involving probability clouds and virtual particles. So, he gave up his formal studies in quantum physics and started up a manufacturing firm. He got rich and retired, but eventually came back to academia to teach Philosophy and Law.

I’m not smart enough to get really freaked out by quantum mechanics. I don’t think I could ever understand it in such a fundamental way. I do, however, appreciate the profound implications that arise from the mindbogglingly tiny underpinnings of our universe. Here’s a haiku about it. Enjoy.

Space-Time Curvature Around Quasar Or Black Hole. Quantum mechanics meets general relativity

our reality

emerges from a cloud of

probability

3 thoughts on “Haiku: Probability Cloud”

  1. I used to, many years ago when i was younger, spend hours and hours in one on one conversations with Professor David Bohm, who was a protege of Albert Einstein and who wrote a number of books on quantum mechanics. Einstein was very fond of David and wanted David, in later years, to work with him.
    Your haiku is excellent but i think that there is a lot more certainty in quantum mechanics than most realize. We just don’t understand how to get completely there yet.

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  2. This is a pretty cool coincidence. One of David Bohm’s books was on the syllabus for a philosophy class I took in the 90s. And that class was taught by the professor I referenced in my post that prompted your comment about David Bohm. My professor’s name was James Child, and he was from the Bertrand Russell school of philosophy. I believe he even met with Russell once or twice in the late ’50s or early ’60s.

    Certainly, we are only scratching the surface of quantum mechanics. It’s fascinating to me, and I will endeavor to understand as much as I can (so long as the source material has more pictures than math equations).

    Thanks for your comment and continued support. I was a bit disappointed with my haiku, though. The second line seemed choppy. I could have streamlined it if I had been willing to deviate from the strict form, but I write 5-7-5 haiku as an exercise in discipline. Maybe the next one will come out more to my liking.

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