Lost in Fourier Space

By Sean Carroll | November 24, 2010 9:02 am

It’s guest week at XKCD, as Randall Munroe deals with a family illness. (Fortunately for the guest artists, it’s relatively easy to mimic his style.) Today’s contribution came from Bill Amend of Foxtrot fame, who gives us what might be the best Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle joke I’ve seen.

xkcd_ Guest Week_ Bill Amend (FoxTrot)

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  • Navneeth

    Poor Werner, he is so stereotyped. This is just a variation on the standard Heisenberg joke. The one I have read most often is the one in which Heisenberg gets caught for speeding, and the policeman asks, “Do you know how fast you were going?” I suppose you can guess WH’s reply.

  • http://elmucho.wordpress.com/ Rob Haskell

    An alternate punch line might be, “You’re looking straight at them.” :0)

  • http://norwegianshooter.blogspot.com/ Norwegian Shooter

    That was hilarious. Who knew FoxTrot grokked the Uncertainty Principle?

  • Mike

    Hilarious? Clever maybe, but hilarious?

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  • Matt B.

    I had to save the circuit diagram, just because of the magic smoke.

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  • magista

    He got Heisenberg’s hair exactly right, too.

  • Brian Too

    So how can you “un-know” your momentum information? Hmm?

    Of course I’m not sure that helps for long even if you can do it. Darn Heisenberg. Darn keys!

  • Ambitwistor

    Speaking of comics, Sean, I think you’re in the latest “Abstruse Goose”.

  • http://readingcirclebooks.com Andrew Wetzel (@CircleReader)

    I’d have asked him, “Can you forget how you were last moving them?”

  • nick anderson

    I like the Schrodinger T-shirt I saw recently. The front said “Schrodinger’s cat is dead” and the back of the shirt said “Schrodinger’s cat is alive”.

  • Nick Ernst

    Oh those Heisenbergs – you never know exactly what trouble they’ll get into next. My favorite though is still the old Dresden Codak comic, Lil’ Werner.


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Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] cosmicvariance.com .


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