'Breaking Bad' and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

The wildly popular television show "Breaking Bad," ends its run this evening. Rumor has it The End is truly apocalyptic. It is hard to see how it could be otherwise, given the moral anarchy affecting most of the characters. For those unfamiliar with the show, the lead character, Walter White, is a seemingly mild-mannered chemistry teacher who is confronted with a diagnosis of cancer. He decides to defray his medical expenses by putting his skills as a chemist to work cooking up batches of crystal meth. His product is so pure and profitable that he soon makes more money than he ever dreamed of. But the consequence of operating illegal meth laboratories means his conventional morality gradually metastasizes into the moral cancer of the drug subculture, where raw violence and power are symptomatic of diseased ethics. The dark side of White's "success' begins to reveal itself in unforeseeable and tragic ways. White finds his traditional views of morality infinitely flexible as greed and...(Read Full Article)