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Heisenberg Humor

  • By Anna Rothschild and Sarah Charley
  • Posted 10.06.11
  • NOVA

According to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, you can’t know both the location and momentum of a particle at the same time. You might not think this could be funny, but watch this video and you might think again.

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Launch Video Running Time: 01:30


Heisenberg Humor

Posted: October 6, 2011

NOVA Presents Comic Science

First… the science. (This will only take a second.)

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle States:

“It is impossible to determine accurately both the position and the direction and speed of a particle at the same instant.” – Heisenberg, Nuclear Physics

In other words… The more certain you are of how fast you’re moving, the less certain you are of your location, and vice versa.

(If you were the size of an electron, that is.)

And now… the joke!

One day, Professor Heisenberg was speeding down the highway.

A cop pulled him over.

Cop: “Sir, do you know how fast you were going?”

Heisenberg: “No, but I know exactly where I am.”

The End



Video short produced by
Anna Rothschild and Sarah Charley
Original Footage
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2011

Image Credits

(Main Image: car chase)
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2011

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