What's the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?

Chris Higgins
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Although "Heisenberg" is a household name for fans of Breaking Bad, some fans may not know the famous mind behind it. Werner Heisenberg was a German physicist who did important work on quantum mechanics. He's best known for "Heisenberg's uncertainty principle," first published in 1927. But...what, specifically, is Heisenberg's uncertainty principle?

Our own Stacy Conradt wrote Meet the Real Heisenberg, covering the man's biographical details. Today, let's check out a five-minute video explaining his most famous contribution to quantum physics:

More discussion and resources at this TED-Ed lesson page.