I have never really got my head around quantum mechanics. I can follow the parallels and analogies right up to the point where serious mathematical expertise is required.
So I sat down with some interest to watch BBC4’s Atom program this evening. I was looking forward to find out quite what the Dirac equation is all about. But just as we got to it, the show put the equation up on screen and the presenter said:
Don’t try to understand it. Just look at it and marvel.
Boo! I want to understand! That’s what the BBC is for! Especially BBC4! Give me understanding!
Whatever next? Will they do a show on Shakespeare and just show us the cover of one of his plays, saying “Don’t try to read or watch it. Just look at it and marvel instead”?