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  Playing Dice
by Keith Rowley
Monday, October 08, 2007
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Wasn't it dear old Albert Einstein who, faced with the nature's apparent quantum level indeterminacy, exclaimed that 'God does not play dice with the universe!'

Here's a little bit of fun with Quantum Mechanics...



Playing Dice…


Amid the dance of the quantum froth

I weave and mould and stir the broth

Twisting time with imagination

Forming laws of bilocation


Through infinity my mind

Orchestrates both space and time

And all things that are and that yet will be

I wrap in laws of probability


Black holes I place amid time’s streams

They bend the rules, or so it seems

Space they tear and rip and rend

Bending time in a circuitous bend


As electrons dance both here and there

Or are they all times everywhere?

Heisenberg saw the merry dance

And put reality down to chance


How I laugh in my Pan-like gyre

As the universe spins in a whirl of fire

The hadrons bind and leptons spit

As time moves on in quantized bits


Poor old Einstein got in such a flap

He thought quantum mechanics was a delusional trap

But Hawking and Pauli and Dirac and Bose

Wrapped it all up with some help from Penrose


Now on and on goes the virtual dance

The particles leap and retard and advance

Through space and through time in impossible ways

Confusing you all in terrible ways


So backwards is forwards and upwards is down

Today is tomorrow and yellow is brown

But never despair and in your mind please ensconce

In quantum mechanics you’re in two places at once









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Reviewed by David Arthur Walters
Well, thank you! Lord Tychism lives! So have you heard about the guy that jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge at midnight on New Year's Eve because the Law of Probability dictated 16 suicides from that location and there had only been 15 thus far lol.
Reviewed by Stan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski)
Bravo Keith! I’m also so glad you didn’t venture into the EPR paradox. Half of you readers might turn out to be dead.
(I won't speculate which half).
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
That was a fun read. Thank you. I wonder whether of not it is possible to exist in all the probabilities and wave and mass are only distinguished as being different due to our limited perspective. Lots of questions here from an amateur/arm chair scientist. Thanks for this.
Cheers, j'nia
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines
Only two? Hmphh ... just when I was seeing myself as a thousand points of darkness ... imagine my abject and ghastly disappointment. I did hear (on the grapevine) that if I shirk my human responsibility to pidgeonhole everything ... God won't care (how amazed, when I heard that). Gotta love Hawking (he da man). Do you remember a short-lived news story, a year or so back, about this really really big rock (about the size of California) which was headed at the Earth? The story was blacked out. Now, on NASA TV, they are mentioning a probe which is going out to "look" at a really really big asteroid. And, on a seperate scientific lecture, they are talking about how a space vehicle could go out and deviate the trajectory of a big (really really big) asteroid so that it might miss the earth. Of course (pooh pooh) these stories are not connected. God is unavailable for comment :-)

Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain

Exhilarating write . . . brilliant!!

Best regards,

Reviewed by Lois Christensen
Dice does confound and lands wherever they please. Quantrum mechanics I am interested in two different planes and two different places too. Is there a mystic place out there? We chance can meet there together too. I listen to talk radio 580 each night with George Norry and he gets into this too. Interesting and interesting write you posted. Take a chance and throw the dice. I will.
Reviewed by Kalikiano Kalei
Delightful wordplay here, my friend. There're nothing like the vagaries of quantum physics to point out the abject absurdity underlying all of our little daily concerns and petty inter-species squabbles, as humming beans biochemically configured with (the curse of) rational intellect. This piece has a lovely sense of the Full Monty (Python, that is) in it. A sort of prosaic 'Meaning of Life', as it were, that has everything in it but demeaning, grin-grin, nudge-nudge. By the way, this morning someone told me that 'QUARK' is actually the sound given off by a positronic duck (a fowl concept, really!), but after reading your thoughts expressed here, I am not as certain as I was formerly that he was leveling honestly with me! Your obvious intellectual assets are fully brought to bear on this one, Keith! Lovely stuff, indeed.
Mahalo nui loa, Kalikiano
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
A brilliant mixture of humor and intellect in this piece, Keith. Well done!

Reviewed by Axilea MU
Quantum humor makes my particles leap with pleasure.
I won't tell you which ones. Never influence an observer!
Axilea (from a parallel universe?)
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
I applaud you on this wonderful piece. A sort of leap frog from one place to the next without really going anywhere at all.....

Be safe,
You have your own mind don't you, and a brilliant one at that, your left and right brain seems to be able to jumble all that into spacious poetry, I knew there was nothing wrong with me, I just had to read something intelligent once in a while, carry on my friend.
Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Aleksander Mosingiewicz
Which is to say that the realism (and Newtonian laws) do not operate in the local scale (I hope I've got the jargon right).

Excellent poem - it has a playful feel that perfectly fits the subject of the indefinite and the uncertain that was covered over by the works of Heisenberg, Schroedinger, Planck, Bohr and the rest of the band. Overall, excellent work, and very pleasant to read.
Reviewed by Books Sync

I love the rhythm in your poem “Playing Dice”. It is in the art that you weave. With intelligence as your thread and your perspective is the point of the needle.

“So backwards is forwards and upwards is down
Today is tomorrow and the yellow is brown
But never despair but in your mind please ensconce
In quantum mechanics you’re in two places at once”

Keep tickling our brains with words, phrases and ideas.

Reviewed by Mary Quire
I love what you've done here, educational and beautiful. You've woven both into an awesome work. Nicely done.
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