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What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

An explainer about one of the fundamental equations behind quantum mechanics.

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Uncertainty Principle

Information on this concept and links to related subjects. The position and momentum of a particle cannot be simultaneously measured with arbitrarily high precision.

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Basic definitions of uncertainty

The determination of uncertainty when taking measurements is discussed and explained.

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Werner Heisenberg

Detailed biography of Heisenberg and his works including links to pages on the uncertainty principle and quantum mechanics.

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NPL Beginners' Guide - Traceability and Uncertainty

An overview of accuracy, traceability, and uncertainty.

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Werner Karl Heisenberg

Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901 - 1976) name will always be associated with his theory of quantum mechanics (published in 1915, when only 13 years old) and his uncertainty principle.

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Fly Along With NASA's Cloud Hunters

A behind the scenes look at the airborne laboratory trying to pin down the two biggest uncertainties in climate models, aerosols and clouds.

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The Principle of the Rocket

Here NASA explain how the principle of centre of mass is applied to produce the motion of rockets.

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Pascal's Principle

Explanation of principle behind pressure transfer through a liquid.

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Fermat's Principle

Describing this principle and deriving Snell's law from this.

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