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It’s mind-blowing what our puny brains can do

Physics is on a hot streak. Sean Carroll speculates on the next big breakthrough, and warns of quantum wars ahead

Gravitational wave hunters gear up to detect extreme black holes

The LIGO experiment only recently made the first sighting of gravitational waves, but already the team is preparing for their next feat

213-228/366: Kid-Light Photo Dump

As promised in the last catch-up post, a set of pictures less devoted to cute-kid shots. 213/366: Zone Defense The Pip has been making one of his preschool teachers draw superheroes for him. At some point, he cut these out with scissors (or possibly made Kate cut them out), and hung them up in different…

Grading Trudeau on quantum computing

The emails starting hitting me like … a hail of maple syrup from the icy north.  Had I seen the news?  Justin Trudeau, the dreamy young Prime Minister of Canada, visited the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, one of my favorite old haunts.  At a news conference at PI, with a math-filled blackboard […]

The Man Who Knew Infinity

Last night I went to see a showing at the Tribeca Film Festival of the new movie about Ramanujan, The Man Who Knew Infinity. It was extremely good, infinitely better than the most recent high profile film about a mathematician, … Continue reading ?

The Taming of the Screw…

The other night in my office... (Click image for larger view.) -cvj Click to continue reading this post ? The post The Taming of the Screw… appeared first on Asymptotia.

Physics Week in Review: April 16, 2013

Excitement mounts over a possible new particle, 72 hours of science yields insight into how good things spread, and the unveiling of a new mission to build an interstellar probe from billionaire Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking were among this...

Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world

As anti-capitalist protesters take to the streets, mathematics has teased apart the global economic network to show who's really pulling the strings

Mathematicians shocked to find pattern in ‘random’ prime numbers

Unexpected trends in the last digits of prime numbers mean they are less random than previously thought, much to the surprise of mathematicians

LIGO’s black holes may have lived and died inside a huge star

The merging black holes that led to the discovery of gravitational waves may have been enveloped inside a gigantic star, which gave off a burst of gamma rays  

Einstein’s last theory confirmed: A guide to gravitational waves

In huge physics news, the LIGO experiment has seen ripples in space-time. Get ahead of the crowd with our answers to the big questions about gravitational waves

A black hole's edge will burn you up if you try to escape

The edge of a black hole, beyond which not even light can escape, can be smooth an uneventful or a burning wall of fire, depending on your perspective

Dark Matter and the dinosaurs: A quest for grown-ups

On the 12th day of CultureLab, Michael Brooks explores Lisa Randall's latest book and enjoys the warts and all view of how science really works

God vs the multiverse: The 2500-year war

An infinite universe and many worlds leave no room for a creator. Time to rethink what’s sacred, says philosopher of religion Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Saturn probe Cassini hoovers up dust from distant stars

A rare haul of interstellar dust was picked up in orbit around Saturn, and could give us clues to how the solar system formed from the remnants of other stars  

Five fascinating facts about DUNE

One: The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will look for more than just neutrinos. The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is a project of superlatives. It will use the world’s most intense neutrino beam and largest neutrino detector to study the weirdest and most abundant matter particles in the universe. Show More Summary

198-212/366: Kid-Centric Photo Dump

A bunch of stuff happened that knocked me out of the habit of editing and posting photos– computer issues, travel, catching up on work missed because of travel, and a couple of bouts with a stomach bug the kids brought home. I have been taking pictures, though, and will make an attempt to catch up.…

Great Big Exchange

Here's a fun Great Big Story (CNN) video piece about the Science and Entertainment Exchange (and a bit about my work on Agent Carter). Click here for the piece. (Yeah, the headline. Seems you can't have a story about science connecting...Show More Summary

Various and Sundry

Some quick links: Via my Columbia colleague at Mathematics Without Apologies, a documentary about Perelman that I was unaware of. I learned something yesterday about another math department colleague, Mikhail Khovanov: he has games called Ringsanity and Ringiana available as … Continue reading ?

The Man Who Knew Infinity fails to break the mathematical mould

One of the world's greatest mathematicians, Srinivasa Ramanujan is still unknown to Westerners – but does a Hollywood biopic about his life and work have to be this safe?

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