HUMANITIES

A Few Radio Appearances

I did some longform radio appearances this spring. Here is an interview I did on Southern Wonder, a program on Charlotte Community Radio. I talked mostly about my research and writing. Here is my appearance on NPR’s On Point, discussing......

So long, Pop South

All good things must come to an end.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I have retired from writing entries for Pop South.  Over the course of five years, I wrote more than 110 entries and, frankly, could do this full time.  But I teach, and have been writing another book, and now must support it.  I’m also writing on different topics over on my author blog.  Join me there, if you wish.  I plan to maintain this site for the foreseeable future, so that students and others...

NATURAL SCIENCES

What is quantum entanglement? Part 5: Making it happen

This is part 5 in a lengthy series of posts attempting to explain the idea of quantum entanglement to a non-physics audience.  Part 1 can be read here,  Part 2 can be read here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.

So at this point we have an idea of what entanglement is, and some reassurance that it doesn’t ruin all of physics with its existence!  Now we turn to a very important question: how, in practice, do we produce entangled quantum particles?

In our discussions so...

What is quantum entanglement? Part 4: relativity and entanglement

This is part 4 in a lengthy series of posts attempting to explain the idea of quantum entanglement to a non-physics audience.  Part 1 can be read here,  Part 2 can be read here, and Part 3 here. 

In the last post, we finally introduced the concept of quantum entanglement.  An example of an entangled state between two quantum particles is given by the decay of a spin-zero pion into a spin-1/2 positron and a spin-1/2 electron, as illustrated below.

This results in a combined...

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