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Re-Conceptualizing the Origin of Life
Jul 20, 2015
FQXi member Sara Imari Walker is organising a conference on Nov. 9-13th, 2015 at Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington D.C. Physics and chemistry have arrived at a deep understanding of the non-living world. The meeting will discuss whether we can expect to reach similar insights, integrating concepts and quantitative explanation, in biology? For details on participation, visit our upcoming conferences page.

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.

 

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In Praise of Physics Poetry, Spacetime SQUIDs, &...
By ZEEYA MERALI
Just to let you know that after a couple of special podcast editions from the quantum foundations meeting in Erice, Italy, Brendan and I are back with the regular podcast.

In this month's podcast, we're celebrating poetry about physics and...

New Podcast: Pluto, Pentaquarks, Alien Hunts &...
By ZEEYA MERALI
This month’s podcast is jam-packed, thanks to all the huge physics announcements made in July.

So, Brendan and I begin with a news round up, discussing the Pluto flyby (with some help from cosmologist Andrew Pontzen), the creation of the...

The Physics of What Happens Grantees
By BRENDAN FOSTER
This past winter, FQXi announced it's fifth Large Grant program, on the topic of The Physics of What Happens – a call for proposals for research and outreach projects on "Events". I am happy to announce that from an initial group of almost 250...




NEW PODCAST EPISODES
Pluto, pentaquarks & Earth 2.0; Frank Drake talks about the new 100 million dollar hunt for alien life; conjuring a neutron star from a nanowire; & "Edge of the Sky" talks physics without the jargon.
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.



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video Where Do the Laws of Nature Come From?
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- Alan Guth
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FORUM UPDATES

Ultimate Reality
Quantum Coherence = Entanglement
By ZEEYA MERALI
I'm opening this thread shamefully late, based on recent FQXi funded research by Gerardo Adesso and colleagues, whose work was covered in Phys.Org -- as spotted at the time, by John Merryman.

We will, of course, be covering Adesso's work in...

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...

Ultimate Reality
Tegmark's Mathematical Universe
By ANTHONY AGUIRRE
While he would be too modest to toot his own horn, there's nothing stopping me from pointing out that 'mad Max' has recently put out a very interesting paper on whether all possible formal systems (and the 'physical' universes that some subset of...

 
NEW ARTICLES


Conjuring a Neutron Star from a Nanowire
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • Jul 23, 2015
Using tiny mechanical devices to create accelerations equivalent to 100 million times the Earth’s gravitational field—mimicking the arena of quantum gravity in the lab.
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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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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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