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A GUT feeling about physics

Scientists want to connect the fundamental forces of nature in one Grand Unified Theory. The 1970s were a heady time in particle physics. New accelerators in the United States and Europe turned up unexpected particles that theorists tried to explain, and theorists in turn predicted new particles for experiments to hunt. Show More Summary

That’s odd: Why is gravity so weak?

Why isn’t an entire planet’s gravity enough to rip a magnet off your fridge door? Finding an answer is essential to unify physics and explain our existence

The hottest job in physics?

Accelerator scientists are in demand at labs and beyond. While the supply of accelerator physicists in the United States has grown modestly over the last decade, it hasn’t been able to catch up with demand fueled by industry interest...Show More Summary

Hacking the LHC to sift trash could help find a mystery particle

The Large Hadron Collider is gearing up to try to confirm hints of an unexpected new particle, and there could be an unorthodox new way to spot it

Physics Week in Review: April 23, 2016

How tropical birds use quantum physics, trouble at the Hanford nuclear power plant in Washington state, and why elk bugles sound like Ringwraith shrieks were among this week's physics highlights. Also appearing this week: My review for the New York...

Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicists

There’s a new book out in the Princeton “Nutshell” series, Tony Zee’s Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicists. I liked his Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell quite a lot, it’s packed with all sorts of insights into that … Continue reading ?

LHC data at your fingertips

The CMS collaboration has released 300 terabytes of research data. Today the CMS collaboration at CERN released more than 300 terabytes (TB) of high-quality open data. These include more than 100 TB of data from proton collisions at 7 TeV, making up half the data collected at the LHC by the CMS detector in 2011. Show More Summary

Me interviewed by John Horgan (the author of “The End of Science”)

You can read it here. It’s long (~12,000 words).  Rather than listing what this interview covers, it would be easier to list what it doesn’t cover.  (My favorite soda flavors?) If you read this blog, much of what I say there will be old hat, but some of it will be new.  I predict that you’ll enjoy […]

The Quantum in Quantum Computing

3 months agoAcademics / Physics : atdotde

I am sure, by now, all of you have seen Canada's prime minister "explain" quantum computers at Perimeter. It's really great that politicians care about these things and he managed to say what is the standard explanation for the speed...Show More Summary

One more resuscitation

3 months agoAcademics / Physics : atdotde

This blog has been silent for almost two years for a number of reasons. First, I myself stopped reading blogs on a daily basis as in open Google Reader right after the arXiv an checking what's new. I had already stopped doing that due to time constraints before Reader was shut down by Google and I must say I don't miss anything. Show More Summary

For Your Reading Pleasure

Since I just spent some of the morning not doing what I should have been doing, but reading about other things, in case you also want to do this, here are some options: I’m very excited to see an article … Continue reading ?

This Week’s Hype

It occurred today that the past year or so there haven’t been as many editions here of This Week’s Hype, with in particular the previously common “Scientists finally find a way to test string theory!” stories now less common than … Continue reading ?

Eight things you might not know about light

Light is all around us, but how much do you really know about the photons speeding past you? There’s more to light than meets the eye. Here are eight enlightening facts about photons: Illustration by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Kimberly Boustead 1. Show More Summary

Physics Blogging Round-Up: ARPES, Optics, Band Gaps, Radiation Pressure, Home Science, and Catastrophe

It’s been a while since I last rounded up physics posts from Forbes, so there’s a good bunch of stuff on this list: — How Do Physicists Know What Electrons Are Doing Inside Matter?: An explanation of Angle-Resolved Photo-Electron Spectroscopy (ARPES), one of the major experimental techniques in condensed matter. I’m trying to figure out…

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…

3 months agoAcademics / Physics : Asymptotia

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.

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