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Subscribe to BBC News www.youtube.com/bbcnews British physicist Brian Cox is challenged by the presenter of Radio 4's 'Life Scientific', Jim Al-Khalili, to explain the rules of quantum mechanics in just a minute. Brian succeeds; while conceding that the idea that everything is inherently probabilistic, is challenging. Even Einstein found it difficult. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04hvx9z Subscribe to BBC News HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog Check out our website: http://www.bbc.com/news Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bbcworldnews Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bbcworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/bbcnews
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Insanity (2 days ago)
61 seconds actually If you want to get technical
fokGoogol (4 days ago)
Two of the brightest people on Earth talking about the fundamentals of reality ... and some here can only comment on the sheen of their skin. Idiocracy has kicked in YO.
Donnie Lesser (5 days ago)
I just clicked on this because I find his physical presence annoying and wanted to give the video a thumbs down. You know they smear him in butter before every interview just to annoy people who has a some sense of taste and decency.
Maska Jinzo (6 days ago)
I understood absolutely nothing. Great job
Denise Sarmiento (7 days ago)
Yep... IT flew over mu head... I need a replay
SICK OF IT (7 days ago)
Everything is vibrating therefore nothing is certain at the atomic scale. Everything bigger is fluid.
ain'tgotno mind95 (8 days ago)
He didnt explain shit neither has any other physicist
Blind Archangel (9 days ago)
0:05 pause it there. Isn't he EXACTLY like Jason Siegel, but bald?
Pip Pipster (11 days ago)
It’s like really really big.
Joeb3055 (11 days ago)
His voice is so reassuring and demeanour always so calm and charming. I wish I had a maths or science teacher like him. Although looking back I might not have appreciated them.
koffinkat666 (11 days ago)
There is burning rubber smoke coming from my ears.....
Downhill Phil (13 days ago)
now we need to predict where the quantum wrench and screwdriver are so we can fix something!
S. Saraswati (13 days ago)
Is there nothing that Brian Cox can't/won't explain in 60 seconds? Like how to butter bread ... how to wipe your arse ... I'm sick to death of his smarmy and obiquitous omnipresence.
Economics In A Hurry (15 days ago)
I love how he breaks it down simply
Brett Mitchell (18 days ago)
Cox is a twathole.
banjo234 (19 days ago)
Particles are described by probability/wave equations and provably exist only as these probability distributions until observed/measured/recorded by a consciousness. Cox's presumtion that the "particle" really exists as a particle within that probability distribution before it is actually observed is contentious, unprovable and probably false. In fact this assumption is contradicted by the fact that the Young's Slits experiment still exhibits the familiar interference pattern when the flow of particles (electrons/photons) through the slits is limited to ONE at at a time. A "particle" fairly obviously cannot pass through both slits at once and "interfere" with itself, so whatever is passing through the individual slits cannot be "a particle" in any normal or familiar sense of the word. It appears to me that Cox is therefore wrong to say that the electron he refers to is a particle before it is observed. Tom Campbell's take on Quantum Reality makes more sense than this. He posits we exist in a virtual universe (like a video game) wherein space, time, mass, charge etc are illusions programmed by a much more powerful consciousness than our own. He would say that the electron is a programmed (by the larger creative consciousness) expression within this virtual reality of a (localised in 3D virtual space) probability distribution with ascribed characteristics of mass and charge that only adopts a particular location once that probability distribution is collapsed by an observer (whose consciousness [ours] exists alongside the creator consciousness) outside the virtual reality that is our material universe.
Rare Nature (19 days ago)
This program is just about finishing your sentences before the time is up.
Jeanette loveridge (19 days ago)
Quantum physics the mathematics of bullocks and how to confuse one's self, Brian the well scripted Freemason bullshiter. I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology. Its importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. Of these, the most influential is what is called 'education.' Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one; the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part. It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything, if he can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment. Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely, without the need of armies or policemen.
donald parker (19 days ago)
This man is simply brilliant
sKiTzMiCk 69 (20 days ago)
Dude stop putting vaseline on your face ya fuckin queer.
bgmcc907 (20 days ago)
Donald Trump can do it in 59.
R Hugh Sirius Ph.D. (20 days ago)
He doesn't know his ass-crack from the stoopid-smile cracked on his puss.
Bill Jones (22 days ago)
😂😂😂 crap😂😂😂
Czar Manlutac (22 days ago)
That gay is disgusting
Phil Davis (22 days ago)
Phil Davis (22 days ago)
This guy should should get put out. Promotes the moon landings as if it happend. People are so stupid they can´t even wipe their own asses.
MusicMusicMusic (23 days ago)
The only people that don't understand the universe, are those that as sure as hell think they understand it, and make a busy time stating so. Be even more wary of those that state an answer from someone else's conclusions... Is that not the sign they havn't thought for themselves?
Rolf J. (23 days ago)
Electrons are not particles hoe
Temmie Loves (23 days ago)
omg he is so smart im so liking and subscribing
TheBloodshower (23 days ago)
Okay, im a quantum mechanic now. Pay me
Michael O Neill (23 days ago)
Cryin box is a tit, everything he knows is bullshit, what an achievement
Matthieu Vonlanthen (24 days ago)
The U.S. military is getting ready to invade his face!
Ghost572 (25 days ago)
He's been polishing his face again! Brian!
Steven Douglas (25 days ago)
What a shiny brain!
wisnu yogapraditya (26 days ago)
Lower your screen brightness as low as you can, then use your sun glasses. Thank me later
GIOU12 B (27 days ago)
He doesn't know anything about quantum mechanics - according to Feynman
BabyBoomerChannel (27 days ago)
Quantum Mecahnics is bulls1t. It’s a theoretical explanation of our observations, that have evolved past Einstein. It says a particle can be in two places at the same time. It’s a bunch of theories and equations that are bound by a humans understand of current science.
RogueReplicant (27 days ago)
Brian sux cox
jakep1979 (28 days ago)
I failed my job interview last week but I repeated this line at the end and I came out feeling smart which was nice.
Frank Herrera (28 days ago)
Repeat this in front of a shrink, and it's straight jacket time.
Pr0JectFlamE (28 days ago)
Still didn’t really understand haha
Matthew McPeek (28 days ago)
I still don't get it.
Svetka Aleshenka (28 days ago)
about time he explained what drugs his on!
Kevin T (29 days ago)
ok now prove that "particles" exist
brian sherwin (29 days ago)
That being so and our bodies being so composed it then becomes scientifically compatible for resurrection power to translate us into infinite probabilities but guided or controlled by our Maker. Faith in such is pre eminent but so is faith in so many things believed impossible before someone's vision.
Henry Swanson (30 days ago)
So THIIIIIIIIIS is what Johnny Depp based his version of Willy Wonka on!
Luc Martineau (30 days ago)
That sounds more like the measurement problem
It's funny he mentioned Feinman. Brian Cox is the embodiment of every ideal that Feinman imagined. He once said, if you truly understand something, you should be able to describe it in simple terms to a layman. I don't know of anyone else that can more eligantly and eloquently describe physics to us laymen. I absolutely love listening to him talk about physics.
Hannible 100 (1 month ago)
Me thinks Brian is a weed smoker!
Billy Casper (1 month ago)
So that was the simplest version !
TyroPro (1 month ago)
What about the fact that everything is made of light due to the particle annihilation phenomena which is basically the same mechanic that Sony implements in their noise cancellation head phones. One frequency of vibrations hits another one head on at the inverse frequency to negate or minimize both frequencies as they shrink down subsantically into silence, or on the atomic level, photons.
c@mbaz (1 month ago)
Gabbar Singh (1 month ago)
I bet after this life he'll become a Shining, Star just look at his face
Nautilus1972 (1 month ago)
This was a terrible explanation. Classical mechanics deals with the very large, QM deals with the very small.
Zaphod Beeblebrox (1 month ago)
I spent one minute watching this video. Where's my P.H.D???
Waseem Niyaz (1 month ago)
Finally someone is smiling while explaining quantum mechanics
Jurriën (1 month ago)
Ah, another theory of bs, simply because there is only a way to calculate it. As Einstein said against Lemaitre: "Vos calculs sont corrects, mais votre physique est abominable".
Dingo Capo (1 month ago)
brain please explain why BBC is a deceitful liberal shit rag of journalism and never reports the whole unbiased truth about anything ????
BabyDaniyal (1 month ago)
He lost me after "basic version"... when he talks about hop hop i was imagining a rabbit. Then i started looking at his shiny face. Then i got black out. The last thing i remember was the other guy press the stopwatch.
amit bhawanie (1 month ago)
Cox looks like a raping pedophile
kevin richards (1 month ago)
takes one to know one chief!!!
Syuna (1 month ago)
How can u hate this guy he always looks like he’s blessed lol Brian is awesome 👏
Mark Martin (30 days ago)
You say he's Brian Blessed? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Blessed
kevin richards (1 month ago)
i know right, people hate smart folks. jealousy is all it is
Yah Yahoo (1 month ago)
lol...lol...like i cant type the lols..the backspaces to repair my broken grammar...love is the remedial explanation for particle attraction.
William Kuyath (1 month ago)
I totally get this. fuck. no I don't. *goes back to watching Honey Boo Boo on TV*
TopazMan (1 month ago)
Yeah but can quantum mechanic change a wheel on a car? No it can not.....or can it???
tita adorno (1 month ago)
I still don't understand this shit. He didn't explain it easy enough for me
SC Oxford (1 month ago)
Wrong. He's banging on about Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. The question was, what is quantum mechanics. It's to do with the fact that electrons within in an atom can only have specific energy levels, i.e. they are quantised, they are restricted to certain values, and when falling back to lower levels they emit packets of electromagnetic energy at specific quarantined frequencies. Ask him one on football.
SC Oxford (1 month ago)
kasegi Yabu ... No, this refers to electrons occupying the same state.
kasegi Yabu (1 month ago)
Are you sure that's not Electron Degeneracy?
N N (1 month ago)
Shine bright like a cox By Rihanna
D800Lover (1 month ago)
I can do it in a single sentence. It is the probability of a particle ending up in a single place, except that single place has to be picked and hence you can pick many places with varying degrees of probability. Now, somebody please present me with a professorship, or at least a scholarship. :)
dwigmans z (1 month ago)
It's no particles it's ether and waves spraying
Steve Berg (1 month ago)
I was going to say that he should go back to music, but he was worse at that than he is at repeating other people's theories. I think he should stand next to Philip Scofield, why, well that’s the only way he could ever look half way normal.
Nenad IC XC Shuput (1 month ago)
Daaamn.. he flamin fagatron..., Why is this in my Recommendations..?
Kat Popa (1 month ago)
"What's the probability a particle will move from point A to B "
Ashish Xanathis Nangia (1 month ago)
and how did it taste?
Handsome_Hero (1 month ago)
Is Brian a bender?
Brown Dog (1 month ago)
God he’s greasy
Jan Matias (1 month ago)
TubeSpoker (1 month ago)
best explanation ever
doh1959 (1 month ago)
yea real simple rule il spend the rest of my life trying to understand it then
Kiegan Lenihan (1 month ago)
he looks like a titan
he looks like he has a shiny layer of vaseline rubbed onto his face
Rajdeep Ghosh (1 month ago)
Yeah That's easy
Hosoi Archives (1 month ago)
He didn't explain anything
trev robinson (1 month ago)
trev robinson (1 month ago)
Brian Cox, what was that gay hand bag music band you was in? That's it, it was d-ream, just as your doing now, but adding lies.
Leo A (1 month ago)
this guy's a tool
Mad Jack (1 month ago)
waz (1 month ago)
Brian you cock earth is flat.
chris miklos (1 month ago)
worlds most oily face
mike4ty4 (1 month ago)
So? He can't help it if his sebaceous glands are highly productive. That's coded for by genes.
Justin Jeremy Jase (1 month ago)
But can he explain that haircut?
knobber420 (1 month ago)
Where is Deepak Chopra with his woo woo version.
Thomas Powell (1 month ago)
Fake BBC
FIshfood500 (1 month ago)
So basically he doesn't know how to explain it
touristguy87 (1 month ago)
Duh that isn't a explanation it is just a statemen.
Anto Belfio (1 month ago)
MrJohndolphin (1 month ago)
The shine on his face is because of quantum mechanics...cause and effect law.
Neo Bailey (1 month ago)
Simply put, bullshite....
Lee Morris (1 month ago)
What a leap of faith some people take.
Dan Strayer (1 month ago)
I believe a lot of communication between top physicists is something only a handful of people could understand. Trying to explain something like this in a minute must be taken lightly..as in humor.
eazy14 (1 month ago)
Is he gay ?
Douglas Cork (1 month ago)
See Douglas J. Cork and Steven Lembark: W curve: www.iit.edu/~cork/research
Don R. Mueller, Ph.D. (1 month ago)
I can explain Brian Cox in 1 second: Another physics loudmouth. Look at me folks.
R Hugh Sirius Ph.D. (1 month ago)
I don't have time to analyze every idiot who whines about someone's comment. You don't like the guy's comment, go soak your head.
mike4ty4 (1 month ago)
What exactly do you think I'm naive about? All I see in the comment is someone shitting on someone else with what sounds like a stereotype of their academic field.
R Hugh Sirius Ph.D. (1 month ago)
He's not being hateful, but you certainly are naive.
mike4ty4 (1 month ago)
Why are you so hateful?

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