Sunday, September 17, 2023

Late Night Quantum Physics

In February of 2007, Jim Carrey appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and they discussed physics. The one-upmanship may sound like gibberish to you and me, unless you are a physicist. You might try to parse out what they are saying, but the conversation really goes off the rails when Max Weinberg joins in and makes a fool of himself. The real punch line, not available to viewers at the time, is that the paper they are discussing is real. Reading it doesn't make it any clearer, though. I did notice that Carrey titles it "phase shifting," when it is really "phase switching." It's a crucial difference, of course. (via reddit)

1 comment:

newton said...

I always wondered what happened to Max Weinberg--he seemed such a key part of the Conan show, kind of like Paul Shaffer on Letterman.

As far as I can tell, when Leno offered the Tonight Show then NBC snatched it back, Max Weinberg offered his band to Jay Leno. Conan considered this being stabbed in the back, and so never worked with him again.