Quantum Mechanics of a Blu-ray Player

Most of us are unaware of how much we depend on quantum mechanics on a day-to-day basis. Dr. James Kakalios is a physics professor at the University of Minnesota and a science adviser for movies like Watchmen. In this video using illustrations and examples from science fiction pulp magazines and comic books, he explains the history of the laser, and why our ability to stuff more and more information onto a compact disk has been all about the development of new and different laser types.

The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics explains the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics that underlie the world we live in.