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Einstein Prize
Oct 23, 2018
FQXi’s Abhay Ashtekar has been awarded the American Physical Society’s 2018 Einstein Prize, for outstanding achievements in the field of gravitational physics. Congratulations!

Front Page News
Oct 19, 2018
How does objectivity arise from the quantum world? The FQXi-funded answer, provided by Paul A. Knott, Tommaso Tufarelli, Marco Piani, and Gerardo Adesso has made the cover of Physical Review Letters.

Knight of the Realm
Oct 16, 2018
Huge congratulations to FQXi’s Catalina Curceanu, who has been awarded the 'Order of Cultural Merit' of the rank of knight, by the president of Romania. The honor is given for her significant contribution to the exact sciences.



 
NEW IN BLOGS

YouTube Video Lectures: Thinking about Quantum...
By TEJINDER PAL SINGH
There is likely a deep connection between the study of quantum foundations on the one hand, and the much sought after quantum theory of gravity on the other. Despite the enormous success of quantum theory, there are issues in our understanding of the...

Defining Information
By ZEEYA MERALI
Ok, so I'm a little out of synch in terms of blogging, and technically this should have been the first post about FQXi's Physics of Information meeting, but hey, causality's indefinite at the fundamental level, right?

Anyway, the first panel...

2018: The Physics Year in Review
By ZEEYA MERALI
It’s that time of year again! As 2018 comes to a close, we’re counting down the highlights (and lowlights) of the year in physics, as chosen by FQXi member and quantum physicist Ian Durham. Listen to tales of exploding labs, Nobel controversies,...




NEW PODCAST EPISODES
2018 Year in Physics Review Part 2: We conclude our countdown of the top physics stories of the year, as chosen by Ian Durham.
2018 Year in Physics Review Part 1: We begin our countdown of the top physics stories of the year, as chosen by Ian Durham.
Superhuman: In this special edition, evolutionary biologist Rowan Hooper discusses his new book, which examines the extremes of mental and physical ability. He discusses encounters with some of the world's cleverest people, investigates the role of genetics in intelligence, memory, drive and focus, and describes people whose immense resilience has seen them come through terrible adversity. Hooper also describes lessons we can take from human evolution when programming AI.



Featured Videos:

"Seeing Without Looking"

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

"One Physics To Rule Them All (This Is Physics, part 1)"

Marc Séguin

"Why Do I Study Physics?"

Xiangjun Shi




FORUM UPDATES

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...

Cosmology
Quickfire Cosmo Qs
By ZEEYA MERALI
This is a place where you can post quick queries about cosmology.

Ultimate Reality
Multiversal Journeys: The Multiverse –...
By BRENDAN FOSTER
Multiversal Journeys is a physics education organization run by FQXi Member Farzad Nekoogar. MVJS recently produced a lesson on the multiverse (supported by an FQXi mini-grant). Please have a look here.

 
NEW ARTICLES


Could Consciousness Forge the Universe?
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • Jan 18, 2019
Objective reality, and the laws of physics themselves, emerge from our observations, according to a new framework that turns what we think of as fundamental on its head.
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Dissolving Quantum Paradoxes
By KATE BECKER • Aug 31, 2018
The impossibility of building a perfect clock could help explain away microscale weirdness.
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Constructing a Theory of Life
By MIRIAM FRANKEL • Jul 31, 2018
An all-encompassing framework of physics could help to explain the evolution of consciousness, intelligence, and free will.
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Usurping Quantum Theory
By COLIN STUART • Jun 28, 2018
The search is on for a fundamental framework that allows for even stranger links between particles than quantum theory—which could lead us to a theory of everything.
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Fuzzballs v Black Holes
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • May 11, 2018
A radical theory replaces the cosmic crunchers with fuzzy quantum spheres, potentially solving the black-hole information paradox and explaining away the Big Bang and the origin of time.
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Whose Physics Is It Anyway? Q&A with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
By NICOLA JONES • Apr 20, 2018
Why physics and astronomy communities must take diversity issues seriously in order to do good science.
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Why Time Might Not Be an Illusion
By NICOLA JONES • Feb 28, 2018
Einstein’s relativity pushes physicists towards a picture of the universe as a block, in which the past, present, and future all exist on the same footing; but maybe that shift in thinking has gone too far.
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The Complexity Conundrum
By M. MITCHELL WALDROP • Dec 5, 2017
Resolving the black hole firewall paradox—by calculating what a real astronaut would compute at the black hole's edge.
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Quantum Dream Time
By KATE BECKER • Nov 8, 2017
Defining a ‘quantum clock’ and a 'quantum ruler' could help those attempting to unify physics—and solve the mystery of vanishing time.
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Our Place in the Multiverse
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • Sep 22, 2017
Calculating the odds that intelligent observers arise in parallel universes—and working out what they might see.
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Sounding the Drums to Listen for Gravity’s Effect on Quantum Phenomena
By STEVEN ASHLEY • Aug 8, 2017
A bench-top experiment could test the notion that gravity breaks delicate quantum superpositions.
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Watching the Observers
By BRENDAN FOSTER • Jun 13, 2017
Accounting for quantum fuzziness could help us measure space and time—and the cosmos—more accurately.
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