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Trick or Truth? — Essay Contest 2015
By BRENDAN FOSTER
Physics and mathematics -- It seems impossible to imagine the history of either one without the other. For gravity theory alone, we see so many examples of this -- from Newton creating calculus, to Einstein mining differential geometry.
But...
Collapsing Physics, Celebrating Ghirardi
By ZEEYA MERALI
Yesterday afternoon at the quantum foundations meeting in Erice (supported by COST) we celebrated the 80th birthday (somewhat in advance) of GianCarlo Ghirardi who famously worked on collapse models, in an attempt to deal with the quantum measurement...
Detecting Dark Matter Using Space-Based Quantum...
By ZEEYA MERALI
I’m lucky enough to be attending a COST Action workshop on quantum foundations currently taking place in Erice, Italy, with lots of FQXi folk in attendance. (Thank you to the organisers, FQXi’s Angelo Bassi, Catalina Oana Curceanu and Detlef...
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Physicists Angelo Bassi and GianCarlo Ghirardi discuss collapse models. From the COST quantum foundations meeting in Erice, Italy.
A quantum reality check; observing black hole firewalls; & a quantum theory of network explains time's arrow.
2014 in Review: physicist Ian Durham reveals the top two physics stories of the year; & we give you tips for entering FQXi's new essay contest: "Trick or Truth? The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics".
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The limits of mathematics
By IAN DURHAM
I realize this forum hasn't gotten much action lately, but I'm hoping enough people pop on here that I get some feedback on this (particularly some of the membership who may have worked on or thought about related problems).
What I am...
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Pilot Wave Hydrodynamics
By ZEEYA MERALI
In a new article for the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, John Bush of MIT reviews experimental evidence showing fluid droplets exhibiting quantum-esque features. In particular, walking droplets are being touted as an analog system to investigate...
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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...