August 3rd, 2010 The Quantum Physics in Back to the Future
Talking with friends after watching the final movie in the Back to the Future trilogy, I realized. On the back of the time traveling Delorian, were two black baffles, as shown here:
The baffles largely serve no purpose in the first movie (save for cooling purposes, which they are ill-equipped for). there were no thrusters, just the power of the car’s engine to propel it forward. They added thrusters in the second movie (which appear at the end of the first). Why, then would they be there from the start?
Why, because of quantum physics, of course! Perhaps without the baffles, the space time continuum would not deem the craft worthy of time travel; Perhaps it deems the ever present “Rule of Cool” a more worthy of consideration then we frequently do. Could it be, the reason our scientists and mathematicians can’t figure out quantum physics is they lack the prerequisite style necessary to unlock the secrets of the universe?
Sounds like we could use a lesson from the champion in this field: Doctor Emmett Lathrop Brown, Ph.D.