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Public Lecture Clarifying Misconceptions
Jun 17, 2015
There will be an FQXi-supported event in the SF Bay area on July 9 covering "Misconceptions about Quantum Physics, Multiverse Cosmology, Particles Physics, and Space-Time."

Firewalls in Sci Am and FQXi Podcast
Mar 17, 2015
Firewalls on the cover of April's Scientific American. Just in time for our coverage on the March edition of the FQXi Podcast.

Trick or Truth? 2015 Essay Contest
Dec 16, 2014
FQXi launches the next Essay Contest, on the mysterious link between physics and math. Enter by March 4. Good luck and writing!

 

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NEW IN BLOGS

Your Invitation to FQXi's Online Essay Contest...
By ZEEYA MERALI
The judges have made their decisions…and we can now (almost) reveal the winners of this year's essay contest, which asked: "How Should Humanity Steer the Future?" We had 155 entries this year and we're awarding 16 prizes. Thank you to everyone who...

Action and Excitement and Science! - Podcast...
By BRENDAN FOSTER
In our new special edition of the FQXi podcast, we ask, what is the best way to interest and excite the public about physics, especially foundational physics? Do we just stick to the facts, or do we need slogans, explosions, and, ahem, essay and...

Your Invitation to the Trick or Truth Award...
By ZEEYA MERALI
So, trick or truth? What *is* the mysterious connection between physics and mathematics?

The judges have now ruled and we will be announcing the winners of this year’s essay contest on Wednesday. (EDIT: Winners are announced, see the list...




NEW PODCAST EPISODES
How do we communicate foundational physics to the public? Panel discussion with physicists and communicators Sabine Hossenfelder, Matt Leifer, Dagomir Kaszlikowski & Brendan Foster, from the New Directions meeting in Washington, DC.
Physics poetry; curving spacetime in the lab; & searching for undecidable problems.
Bohmian Rhapsody: Physicists Shelly Goldstein and Jean Bricmont discuss features of the deterministic alternative to standard quantum mechanics proposed by David Bohm. From the Quantum Foundations meeting in Erice, Italy, supported by COST.



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- Frank Wilczek
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FORUM UPDATES

Cosmology
Plasma Tubes in the Sky
By ZEEYA MERALI
Thanks to Georgina Parry for spotting this article about a young Australia scientist at the University of Sydney, Cleo Loi--an undergraduate, in fact--who has discovered that giant, invisible, moving plasma tubes fill the sky.

From...

Ultimate Reality
Alternative Models of Reality
By ZEEYA MERALI
If you have an unconventional, alternative model of reality, then this is the place to discuss it. (This is for contributors who have preliminary ideas and would like feedback, but do not have an academic paper or arXiv preprint and have not given a...

Cosmic Origins
Is the Past Infinite?
By WILLIAM OREM
I interviewed some non-mainstream cosmologists last year for an article, such as those at the Alternative Cosmology Group who hosted the Crisis in Cosmology conference in Portugal in 2005. These are credible folks who think the Standard Model (the...

 
NEW ARTICLES


Inferring the Limits on Reality (that Even the Gods Must Obey)
By ANIL ANANTHASWAMY • Jun 24, 2015
The fuzziness of the quantum realm could arise from mathematical restrictions on what can ever be known.
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The Quantum Thermodynamic Revolution
By COLIN STUART • May 20, 2015
Combining theories of quantum information with the science of heat and energy transfer could lead to new technologies.
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Face Off: Building a Toy Universe to Pit Quantum Theory Against Gravity
By NICOLA JONES • Apr 24, 2015
Using superconducting circuits to create a curved-spacetime analog with stronger gravity than our cosmos.
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Discuss this article in the FQXi Community Forum (4 posts)

Is Gravity Time's Archer?
By KATE BECKER • Mar 24, 2015
A new model argues the forces between particles in the early universe loosed time's arrow, creating temporal order from chaos.
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Purifying Physics: The Quest to Explain Why the “Quantum” Exists
By ANIL ANANTHASWAMY • Feb 9, 2015
A new framework for the laws underlying reality could explain why nature obeys quantum rules, the origin of time’s arrow, and the power of quantum computing.
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Searching for the Impossible
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • Jan 16, 2015
A quest to discover which computational tasks can never be resolved.
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Six Degrees to the Emergence of Reality
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • Jan 1, 2015
Physicists are racing to complete a new model of "quantum complex networks" that tackles the physical nature of time and paradoxical features of emergence of classical reality from the quantum world
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Quantum in Context
By NICOLA JONES • Dec 13, 2014
An untapped resource could provide the magic needed for quantum computation—and perhaps even open the door to time travel.
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Spot the Difference to Reveal Exotic Particles
By COLIN STUART • Oct 30, 2014
Questioning the symmetrization postulate of quantum mechanics and the notion that electrons are indistinguishable could reveal whether hypothetical new particles exist.
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Life's Quantum Crystal Ball
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • Oct 9, 2014
Does the ability to predict the future—perhaps with quantum help—define the fundamental difference between living and inanimate matter?
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The Quantum Truth Seeker
By NICOLA JONES • Sep 19, 2014
Watching particles fly through an interferometer might help to unveil higher-order weirdness behind quantum theory.
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Why Quantum?
By COLIN STUART • Jun 17, 2014
Entropy could explain why nature chose to play by quantum rules.
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Q&A with Paul Davies: What is Time?
By JOHN STEELE • Feb 16, 2014
Where does time come from? Why does it seem to flow?
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