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November 17, 2007


srikanth @ 11:54 am, GMT +0000 ( 1195300482 ) Play

Question 1 of 5 from the theme round. Be sure to read the rules in that post carefully!

In a particular episode of this show, the scientists (pic 1) decide something based on their observations but the guy (pic 2) objects. Why does he object?


Cracked by: nisha’s thambi , alephnull , prasanth , Biki , VikraM , Anirudh , sidsen , piezocake , shreyas , udupendra and Tathagata Chatterjee. (and deepak)

(tejurao, please post this answer separately from the theme. Your answer is right, but currently we can’t give you points for it :-) ).

No one got the theme right.

Answer: The winners in that race (1) in that episode of Futurama are just separated by molecules. Farnsworth (2) argues that, because of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, the result is invalid since the act of measuring the outcome modified it.

Answer 1 of 5: The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

21 Responses to “3ACV04”

  1. nishas thambi

    pic.1- an electron microscope photo is used to declare one horse the winner in a quantum finish.

    farnsworth objects by citing the heisenberg uncertainty principle (‘you changed the outcome by measuring it’)

  2. alephnull

    The ‘quantum finish’ at the racetrack is being being decided in (1) and Prof. Farnsworth objects that the judges altered the result by measuring it.

  3. alephnull

    My guess for the theme is ‘Fundamental Physics’.

  4. prasanth

    The quantum finish.
    he objects because the scientists measured the particles between the winner and second,, which would have changed the outcome. a reference to the observer effect and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle

  5. prasanth

    is the theme quantum physics?

  6. Biki

    The final of the horse race of episode “3ACV04 – The Luck of the Fryrish” is so tight that there are only a few particles between winner and second. Then, professor Farnsworth protests claiming that they have changed the outcome by measuring it.
    He is right, since the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (given in 1927) states that when measuring position and velocity (or momentum) of a single elementary particle, increasing the accuracy of the measurement of one quantity increases the uncertainty of the simultaneous measurement of the other quantity. So, if they have also measured the velocity of the horses crossing the finish line, they have changed the position measurement.
    The fact that measuring quantities of a particle can affect the particle itself is also given in the “wave-particle duality”: if we set up an experiment that requires light photons or electrons to behave as particles, they behave as particles; but if we set up an experiment that requires them to act as waves, they act as waves, appearing some wave properties that are incompatible with particles, such as diffraction.

    Blatant googling n cntrl+c cntrl+v :)

  7. Biki

    possible theme …quantum mechanics/physics ?

  8. teju

    Probably the theme of the round is Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle..

    It is believed that measuring a particle ultimately causes it to change its position.

    Professor Farnsworth is arguing that by measuring the race results, the position of the horses (and thus, the outcome of the race) was altered.

  9. deepak

    Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle.
    The scientists are observing a horse race that ended in a “quantum finish” thereby changing the outcome of the race by observing it according to H.U.P.

  10. deepak

    Wild guess about the theme.”Scientists who’ve had theories named after them.”

  11. VikraM

    this is Futurama…
    the scientists decide the winner of the race in a ‘quantum finish’ using an electron microscope, so prof. farnsworth objects because they ‘changed the outcome by measuring it’….
    this is called the ‘observer effect’…you destroy a system by observing it, as explained by Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle… momentum*position>=h/4pi…

  12. nishas thambi

    THEME: for what its worth, ill go for quantum mechanics as the theme

  13. Anirudh

    he objects because he believes that they have altered the result by merely observing it.

  14. Anirudh

    Theme: uncertainty principle

  15. sidsen

    “And it’s a dead heat! They’re checking the electron microscope. And the winner is … number 3, in a quantum finish.” “No fair! You changed the outcome by measuring it.”

    Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle is the answer. O wait, if its the answer then its not the answer

  16. sidsen

    Theme: in two minds out here, quite fittingly with the uncertainty principle. I would either guess the grandfather paradox or the schrodingers cat (dont ask me why though).

    I think i’ll go with the grandfather paradox as the theme for now.

  17. piezocake

    Basically, the scientists in pic 1 decide to use the orbital ion cannon (cum telescope) on those marslings running towards them. The guy in pic 2 objects because he realizes the recoil would cause the scientist looking through the telescope in pic 1 to travel faster than the speed of light and land in Mars.

  18. piezocake

    Is the connect “mad scientists” ?

  19. shreyas

    Farnsworth objects since according to him the outcome of the horse race was changed by measuring through a electron microscope..

  20. udupendra

    They changed the outcome by measuring it. Ergo, observer effect/bias.

  21. Tathagata Chatterjee

    Scientists were declaring a winner.According to them the winner is No 3, after checking the electron microscope.
    The Professor objects to the verdict.He says, “Not Fair.You have changed the outcome by measuring it.” The Prof is referring to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
    Tathagata Chatterjee

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