Friday, 25 January 2013

Carl Sagan Cocktail Party #6

If you charge the magnetic field surrounding a Bose-Einstein condensate - say the magnetic field in a supercollider surrounding a dilute gas of boson, cooled to near absolute zero - you will affected the quantum wavefunction (or the short-range "van der Waals" forces) of the Bose-Einstein condensate, such that its self-interaction becomes attractive, causing a minuscule supernova-like explosion called a bosenova.  

The only thing that Carl Sagan thinks is cooler than bosenovae is bossa nova, especially if it's imbibed with a well-mixed Caipirinha

Harmonic 33 - "Bossa Nova Supernova," Music For Film Television and Radio Volume 1, Warp, 2005

Les Baxter Orchestra and Chorus - "Yellow Sun," African Blue, GNP Crescendo, 1969

Discogs: African Blue

Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto ft. Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)," Getz/Gilberto, Verve, 1964

Discogs: Getz/Gilberto

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