Pilot-Wave Hydrodynamics: Introduction

For the next week on FYFD, I’ll be doing something a little different. I’ve teamed up with FYP to produce a joint series of posts on pilot-wave hydrodynamics, a recent area of investigation on fluid systems that display quantum mechanical behaviors. We’ve touched on some aspects of this previously, but this series will get into more details, building from nineteenth century explorations of vibration all the way to current research. Each weekday FYP and FYFD will each feature a new post in the series, so you can look forward to ten entries total next week. I’ll start each FYFD entry with a recap of links to previous posts so you can be sure you haven’t missed any.

To give you a taste of what’s to come, check out Nigel Stanford’s awesome “Cymatics” music video below. On Monday, we’ll start our exploration of pilot-wave hydrodynamics by examining some of the phenomena featured in the video. (Image credit: D. Harris, original; video credit: N. Stanford)

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