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Current Essay Contest

Contest Partner: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Fnd.

Previous Contests

Trick or Truth: The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics
Contest Partners: Nanotronics Imaging, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, and The John Templeton Foundation
Media Partner: Scientific American


How Should Humanity Steer the Future?
January 9, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Contest Partners: Jaan Tallinn, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, The John Templeton Foundation, and Scientific American

It From Bit or Bit From It
March 25 - June 28, 2013
Contest Partners: The Gruber Foundation, J. Templeton Foundation, and Scientific American

Questioning the Foundations
Which of Our Basic Physical Assumptions Are Wrong?
May 24 - August 31, 2012
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, SubMeta, and Scientific American

Is Reality Digital or Analog?
November 2010 - February 2011
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation and Scientific American

What's Ultimately Possible in Physics?
May - October 2009
Contest Partners: Astrid and Bruce McWilliams

The Nature of Time
August - December 2008

FQXi ESSAY CONTEST: Character Counter
March 24, 2017

Wandering Towards a Goal
How can mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention?
December 2, 2016 to March 3, 2017

Your essay submission must be a PDF file and the body of the essay must be no more than 9 pages and 25,000 characters (not including spaces). On this page, you can upload your essay PDF file prior to submission to get a preliminary character count. Please note:
  • This tool is provided for your convenience, and final judgment as to the eligibility and conformity of essays is reserved for FQXi staff.

  • To use the tool, click the browse button to select the PDF file on your computer, then click the count characters button.

  • This tool does not count text that is part of graphics in the PDF file. Essays may not use graphics of text to bypass the character count; FQXi staff may assess character equivalents to text in graphics if it's anything other than graph labels or similar.

  • Please note: Your essay (no more than 25,000 characters and 9 pages) can include one additional page of references, and up to two additional pages of technical endnotes. No essay text (such as textual footnotes), figures, notations, or equations can be included in the reference section. The technical endnotes are meant to provide an opportunity for additional technical detail while retaining a readable, accessible, and self-contained essay body; all essay reviewers, including the Expert Judges, will be encouraged to focus on the body of the essay, and use the endnotes only as a technical supplement to a self-contained work.


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