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Glöggt er gests augað

The Aspen Art Museum is doing a series of interdisciplinary lectures, titled “Another Look” Another Look Lecture: Gabriel Orozco & Cosmology – so this is a thing. I did one of the lectures. The first one, I gather. It was quite an interesting experience, for me at least. Good fun, riffing on the perspective from…

Ok, I confess, I was supposed to get these reviewed before the Holidays, but a Sequence of Unfortunate Events Intervened and I am only part way through these. Anywho, if you need a last second pressie for random acquaintances so disposed, there are a couple of interesting science books out there: A Fortunate Universe: Life…

The Pale Red Dot project has found a planet. It is a terrestrial planet, orbiting in the formal habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Solar System. Proxima Centauri is a low mass red dwarf, and is part of a triple system, the other two stars being α Centauri A and B,…

Summer continues, and the public lecture series on physics continues a pace at the Aspen Center for Physics with Dr. Catherine Heymans of the University of Edinburgh talking today on the “Dark Side of the Universe”. The talk is part of one of the three workshops currently taking place: “Testing the Laws of Gravity with…

The Aspen Center for Physics organizes weekly public lectures durings its winter conferences and its summer workshops. This week the public lecture was by Roni Harnik of Fermilab on “The Higgs Boson and the Mystery of Mass.” The lectures are videoed by Aspen Grassroots television, and archived, and are very slowly being added to the…

In 2011 Daniel Holz gave a Heinz R. Pagels Public Lecture at the Aspen Center for Physics on the topic of Gravitational Waves. The talk is one of the better explanations of what this is all about, with a bonus introduction!

LIGO: Useful Things

LIGO and allies have also provided a bunch of fun useful stuff: Have We Detected Gravitational Waves Yet? Stretch and Squash Black Hole Hunter Einstein@Home Gravitational Waves 101 – Markus Pössel’s excellent visualizations. The Data The Papers SXS – Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes visualizations The Chirp – courtesy of Georgia Tech GR group

LIGO explains

February 11th was a good day. I spent the day at the “Dynamics and accretion at the Galactic Center” Conference at the Aspen Center for Physics, where about 75 physicists have spent the week talking about black holes and stuff. This morning we watched the LIGO press conference, frantically deciphered the papers, and had a…

Busy Bee

Bee at Backreaction has been busy over the last few months, here is my backlog reading list: A Thousand Words Do we live in a computer simulation? Consciousness and Physics from Scratch 10 things I wish I had known 20 years ago Science changed my life and yours too Do we write too many papers?…

Wind and Snow

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