Search FQXi

If you are aware of an interesting new academic paper (that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal or has appeared on the arXiv), a conference talk (at an official professional scientific meeting), an external blog post (by a professional scientist) or a news item (in the mainstream news media), which you think might make an interesting topic for an FQXi blog post, then please contact us at with a link to the original source and a sentence about why you think that the work is worthy of discussion. Please note that we receive many such suggestions and while we endeavour to respond to them, we may not be able to reply to all suggestions.

Please also note that we do not accept unsolicited posts and we cannot review, or open new threads for, unsolicited articles or papers. Requests to review or post such materials will not be answered. If you have your own novel physics theory or model, which you would like to post for further discussion among then FQXi community, then please add them directly to the "Alternative Models of Reality" thread, or to the "Alternative Models of Cosmology" thread. Thank you.

Forum Home
Terms of Use

Order posts by:
 chronological order
 most recent first

Posts by the blogger are highlighted in orange; posts by FQXi Members are highlighted in blue.

By using the FQXi Forum, you acknowledge reading and agree to abide by the Terms of Use

 RSS feed | RSS help


Thomas Ray: "(reposted in correct thread) Lorraine, Nah. That's nothing like my view...." in 2015 in Review: New...

Lorraine Ford: "Clearly “law-of-nature” relationships and associated numbers represent..." in Physics of the Observer -...

Lee Bloomquist: "Information Channel. An example from Jon Barwise. At the workshop..." in Physics of the Observer -...

Lee Bloomquist: "Please clarify. I just tried to put a simple model of an observer in the..." in Alternative Models of...

Lee Bloomquist: "Footnote...for the above post, the one with the equation existence =..." in Alternative Models of...

Thomas Ray: "In fact, symmetry is the most pervasive physical principle that exists. ..." in “Spookiness”...

Thomas Ray: "It's easy to get wound around the axle with black hole thermodynamics,..." in “Spookiness”...

Joe Fisher: "It seems to have escaped Wolpert’s somewhat limited attention that no two..." in Inferring the Limits on...

click titles to read articles

The Complexity Conundrum
Resolving the black hole firewall paradox—by calculating what a real astronaut would compute at the black hole's edge.

Quantum Dream Time
Defining a ‘quantum clock’ and a 'quantum ruler' could help those attempting to unify physics—and solve the mystery of vanishing time.

Our Place in the Multiverse
Calculating the odds that intelligent observers arise in parallel universes—and working out what they might see.

Sounding the Drums to Listen for Gravity’s Effect on Quantum Phenomena
A bench-top experiment could test the notion that gravity breaks delicate quantum superpositions.

Watching the Observers
Accounting for quantum fuzziness could help us measure space and time—and the cosmos—more accurately.

January 21, 2018

CATEGORY: Blog [back]
TOPIC: 2017: The Physics Year in Review [refresh]
Bookmark and Share
Login or create account to post reply or comment.

FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Dec. 26, 2017 @ 18:53 GMT
Traingulene, credit: Nature.
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, during the last week of December. In the first part, Ian begins with some housekeeping--clearing up some controversy that arose over one of his pick's from 2015, involving the graph isomorphism problem. Then he notes some of highlights of the year that didn't quite make his top 5, including the production of "traingulene" pictured above (as an atomic force microscopy image and a representation of its structure, source: Nature).

See if you agree with his decisions.

What are your top physics stories of 2017?

Parts 1 and 2 are now posted:

Free Podcast

2017 Physics Countdown Part 1: FQXi's review of the biggest breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham.


Go to full podcast

Free Podcast

2017 Physics Countdown Part 2: FQXi's review of the biggest breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham, continues.


Go to full podcast

Stay tuned for part 3, coming in the next few days...

Wishing you all the best for the holidays and a happy new year, from FQXi!

this post has been edited by the forum administrator

report post as inappropriate

Pentcho Valev wrote on Dec. 27, 2017 @ 13:41 GMT
FQXi has had nothing to do with physics since long - perhaps since Max Tegmark found it profitable to become teleologist, psychologist, expert in robotics, etc. At the same time the real problems of physics are huge - this science is dying perhaps. Just an example:

Peter Woit: “This Week’s Hype: The Best Explanation for Everything in the Universe. Today The Atlantic has, via Quanta Magazine, some unadulterated, pure, grade A hype for the holidays: String Theory: The Best Explanation for Everything in the Universe. In a time when the credibility of science is under attack, does anyone else see a problem with telling the public that the “Best Explanation for Everything in the Universe” that science has is a “theory” for which we have no definition or equations, no experimental evidence, and no likelihood of ever getting any?”

Pentcho Valev

this post has been edited by the author since its original submission

report post as inappropriate

John R. Cox wrote on Dec. 27, 2017 @ 18:42 GMT
My pick for Top Story of 2017 would be; The announcement at the first of the year of the discovery of three elements filling out the seventh row of the periodic table, and the extended hope that an island of stability might yet be found at an even greater a.m.u. region.

report post as inappropriate

FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali replied on Dec. 29, 2017 @ 14:27 GMT
I shan't say anymore until the full countdown has been revealed, but there are some chemistry-based picks on the list.

report post as inappropriate

Merwan Shar wrote on Jan. 10, 2018 @ 15:36 GMT
What are your forecasts for 2018 ?


Merwan from jiofi.local.html

report post as inappropriate

Steve Agnew wrote on Jan. 14, 2018 @ 23:25 GMT
Holy cow...these are the best of 2007? Only one of these discoveries, the interstellar cigar, would make my list.

report post as inappropriate

roll the ball wrote on Jan. 20, 2018 @ 01:53 GMT
Thanks for sharing.I hope you continue to have such quality articles to share with everyone! I believe there will be many people who share my views when they read this article from you.

- roll the ball

- impossible game

report post as inappropriate

Login or create account to post reply or comment.

Please enter your e-mail address:
Note: Joining the FQXi mailing list does not give you a login account or constitute membership in the organization.