Physics

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“This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn’t make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery? If the guy exists why doesn’t he ever show himself and prove it? And if he doesn’t exist what’s the meaning of all this?” -Calvin, via Bill Watterson This is our last comments of the week for 2015,…

Why string theory is not science (Synopsis)

“As of now, string theorists have no explanation of why there are three large dimensions as well as time, and the other dimensions are microscopic. Proposals about that have been all over the map.” -Edward Witten Earlier this month, a conference was held devoted to the question of whether untestable scientific ideas like string theory…

“I often feel a discomfort, a kind of embarrassment, when I explain elementary-particle physics to laypeople. It all seems so arbitrary – the ridiculous collection of fundamental particles, the lack of pattern to their masses.” -Leonard Susskind When it comes to physics, there are a tremendous number of unsolved problems that seem to mandate the…

The Physics of Santa Claus (Synopsis)

“Our family was too strange and weird for even Santa Claus to come visit… Santa, who was jolly – but, let’s face it, he was also very judgmental.” -Julia Sweeney Everyone loves to point out the holes in the Santa Claus theory. After all, how could one person with a sled, powered by eight flying reindeer,…

“I just think too many nice things have happened in string theory for it to be all wrong. Humans do not understand it very well, but I just don’t believe there is a big cosmic conspiracy that created this incredible thing that has nothing to do with the real world.” –Edward Witten String theory is…

Top 10 Physics Predictions for 2016 (Synopsis)

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” -T.S. Eliot It’s the end of the year, and so you know what that means: time for lazy recaps of “the year that was” everywhere you look. Why settle for last year’s news, though, when you can start making predictions…

“I just think too many nice things have happened in string theory for it to be all wrong. Humans do not understand it very well, but I just don’t believe there is a big cosmic conspiracy that created this incredible thing that has nothing to do with the real world.” –Ed Witten If you calculate…

“Did you ever read my words, or did you merely finger through them for quotations which you thought might valuably support an already conceived idea concerning some old and distorted connection between us?” -Audre Lorde One of the most damning, albeit accurate, condemnations of String Theory that has been leveled at it is that it’s…

“We are not like the social insects. They have only the one way of doing things and they will do it forever, coded for that way. We are coded differently, not just for binary choices, go or no-go. We can go four ways at once, depending on how the air feels: go, no-go, but also…

“Twinkle, twinkle quasi-star. Biggest puzzle from afar. How unlike the other ones. Brighter than a billion suns. Twinkle, twinkle, quasi-star. How I wonder what you are.” -George Gamow One of the most interesting classes of objects in the entire sky is one that’s invisible to the naked eye, yet appears brighter than anything else in…