Current Essay Contest

Previous Contests

Wandering Towards a Goal
How can mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention?
December 2, 2016 to March 3, 2017
Contest Partner: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Fund.
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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

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Show Me the Physics!
May 8, 2014 - November 14, 2014
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation and The John Templeton Foundation
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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
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It From Bit or Bit From It
March 25 - June 28, 2013
Contest Partners: The Gruber Foundation, J. Templeton Foundation, and Scientific American
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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
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Is Reality Digital or Analog?
November 2010 - February 2011
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation and Scientific American
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What's Ultimately Possible in Physics?
May - October 2009
Contest Partners: Astrid and Bruce McWilliams
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The Nature of Time
August - December 2008
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FQXi CONTESTS!
April 21, 2018


Current and Recent Contests
What is "Fundamental"?
Public Essay Contest Voting Open through May 1, 2018 -- Read and Rate Entries Here!

Video Contest:

Show Me the Physics!

This Contest is closed. View winners here.

Highest Rated Community Video

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

"Seeing Without Looking"

Essay Contest:

What Is “Fundamental”

Deadline for submissions is January 22, 2018

Highest Rated Community Essay

Commonly accepted views on foundations of science, either based on bottom-up construction or top-down reduction of fundamental entities are here rejected. We show how the current scientific methodology entails a certain kind of research for foundations of science, which are here regarded as insurmountable limitations. At the same time, this methodology allows to surpass the bounds classically accepted as fundamental, yet often based on mere “philosophical prejudices”. Practical examples are ...

Community rating: 7.3    Public Rating: 8.6


This contest recently concluded. Please check back for our next video contest.

Highest Rated Videos by the Community:

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

"Seeing Without Looking"

Ian Harris, Grant Karolich

"Explained: Centripetal Force"

Highest Rated Videos by the Public:

Adam Katcher, Pedro Lisbão , Gino Knodel

"Quantum Harmonies of Gravity"


This contest is currently active. Please take a moment to review essay contest entries and vote!

Highest Rated Essays by the Community:

Community rating: 7.3    Public Rating: 8.6Community rating: 7.3    Public Rating: 6.6Community rating: 7.2    Public Rating: 8.5

Highest Rated Essays by the Public:

Community rating: 7.3    Public Rating: 8.6Community rating: 7.2    Public Rating: 8.5Community rating: 7.0    Public Rating: 8.5

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