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Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Senior Girls (and boys) at Bolton School were lured into a
lunchtime talk by the arresting title of "Do Ghosts Haunt
Buildings?" Mrs McCann, Physics Teacher, offered a
fascinating presentation answering the question from a quantum
physicist's point of view.
The audience were given a brief overview of how a classical
physicist believes in particles and waves or pulses, but how a
quantum physicist believes particles behave like waves and are the
same sort of thing, called wavicles.
Mrs McCann then referenced Duncan MacDougall, who in 1907
conducted an experiment to show that everybody loses 21g at their
moment of death. These 21g cannot be seen but he believed
them to be the soul of a person. Mrs McCann explained that,
if this was the case, the soul must be made up of waves and waves
find it difficult to pass through thick walls and windows, hence
older buildings with thicker walls are more likely to be
haunted. Which then raised the question as to whether C
corridor in the Girls' Division is haunted? Eerily, as if in
answer, an unconnected piece of laboratory kit suddenly and
unexplainably buzzed in the corner of the room…….
The event was part of the Girls' Division Gifted and Learning
support enrichment programme.
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