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Catalina Curceanu Awarded Emmy Noether Prize
Jun 25, 2017
FQXi's Catalina Oana Curceanu, senior researcher at the National Laboratory of Frascati (LNF) has won the prestigious Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 2017, established by the European Physical Society. There's more about her honor here. Congratulations!

DIY Cosmos Creation in North Cyprus
May 30, 2017
FQXi's Eduardo Guendelman will be the keynote speaker at the Eastern Mediterranean University's Physics Days 2017. He'll be speaking about ways to make a baby universe in the lab at the event, which runs from June 29-30.

The Quest to Create New Universes
Feb 14, 2017
Could humans make a baby universe in the lab? To find out Zeeya Merali interviewed FQXi's Abhay Ashtekar, Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Alex Vilenkin, Eduardo Guendelman, Joe Polchinski, Don Page, Seth Lloyd and more for her book A Big Bang in a Little Room. Read physicist Ian Durham's review.



 
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The Convexity Club
By MATTHEW SAUL LEIFER
Plenty of people have been writing about the recent fqxi conference, which was excellent by the way, so I'll write instead about another fqxi-funded event that happened at the beginning of July in St. Catherine's college,...

Joe Polchinski (1954-2018)
By ZEEYA MERALI
As many of you will have heard by now, Joe Polchinski sadly passed away on Feb 2, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. For FQXi, this marks not only the loss of a brilliant mind, but a dear friend.

There have been many tributes from Joe’s...

2017: The Physics Year in Review
By ZEEYA MERALI
It's time for FQXi to look back over the past year and pick out the brightest and best physics stories of 2017, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham, in our end-of-year podcast series.

I'll be posting our annual countdown in three-parts,...




NEW PODCAST EPISODES
2017 Physics Countdown Part 3: What was the biggest physics breakthrough of the year? FQXi's review, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham, concludes.
2017 Physics Countdown Part 2: FQXi's review of the biggest breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham, continues.
2017 Physics Countdown Part 1: FQXi's review of the biggest breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham.



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FQXi Essay Contest - Spring, 2017
The Fundamental Nature of Time by Edwin Eugene...
By EDWIN EUGENE KLINGMAN
Essay Abstract

Heinrich Hertz and Albert Einstein were experimental and theoretical geniuses. Hertz demonstrated the existence of radio waves. Einstein [with deHaas] experimentally linked magnetism and angular momentum. These two...

FQXi Essay Contest - Spring, 2017
Ridiculous Simplicity by Peter Jackson
By PETER JACKSON
Essay Abstract

Einstein's view; “For the time being, we have to admit that we do not possess any general theoretical basis for physics, which can be regarded as its logical foundation.” 1940 ('Science') corresponds to Karl Poppers...

FQXi Essay Contest - Spring, 2017
When do we stop digging? Conditions on a...
By KAREN CROWTHER
Essay Abstract

In seeking an answer to the question of what it means for a theory to be fundamental, it is enlightening to ask why the current best theories of physics are not generally believed to be fundamental. This reveals a set of...

 
NEW ARTICLES


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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Bohemian Reality: Searching for a Quantum Connection to Consciousness
By COLIN STUART • Mar 24, 2017
Is there are sweet spot where artificial intelligence systems could have the maximum amount of consciousness while retaining powerful quantum properties?
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Quantum Replicants: Should future androids dream of quantum sheep?
By JAYNE THOMPSON • Feb 24, 2017
To build the ultimate artificial mimics of real life systems, we may need to use quantum memory.
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Painting a QBist Picture of Reality
By M. MITCHELL WALDROP • Jan 22, 2017
A radical interpretation of physics makes quantum theory more personal.
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The Spacetime Revolutionary
By COLIN STUART • Dec 13, 2016
Carlo Rovelli describes how black holes may transition to "white holes," according to loop quantum gravity, a radical rewrite of fundamental physics.
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Riding the Rogue Quantum Waves
By STEVEN ASHLEY • Nov 6, 2016
Could giant sea swells help explain how the macroscopic world emerges from the quantum microworld? (Image credit: MIT News)
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Rescuing Reality
By KATE BECKER • Oct 5, 2016
A "retrocausal" rewrite of physics, in which influences from the future can affect the past, could solve some quantum quandaries—saving Einstein's view of reality along the way.
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Untangling Quantum Causation
By NICOLA JONES • Jul 25, 2016
Figuring out if A causes B should help to write the rulebook for quantum physics.
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In Search of a Quantum Spacetime
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • Jun 22, 2016
Finding the universe's wavefunction could be the key to understanding the emergence of reality.
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