Throwback Thursday: How Quantum Levitation Works (Synopsis)

“I see miracles all around me
Stop and look, it’s all astounding
Water, fire, air and dirt
Fucking magnets, how do they work?” -
Insane Clown Posse

Oh, Insane Clown Posse, is there any amount of education that could ever change you? On the one hand, magnetism is a lot more counterintuitive than simple mechanics, I certainly won't deny it. But on the other hand, it certainly makes a lot of amazing things possible, things we might never have even tried had we not understood the physics and predicted them!

Like the phenomena we're seeing in the video, above, for example, which showcases quantum levitation! You might be familiar with the simplest (and most common) type of magnetism out there: permanent magnets, which are also called ferromagnets, but as it turns out, there's a whole lot more to this world.
Image credit: John C. Wiley & Sons. Image credit: John C. Wiley & Sons.

Come find out, read the whole thing, and be amazed at our incredible quantum Universe and the things it allows us to do!


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