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Skeleton Of Famed Astronomer Tycho Brahe Finally Reveals Cause Of Death

The famed 16th century Danish astronomer and mathematician Tycho Brahe was long assumed to have died from poisoning. Recently, archaeologists pored over his skeleton to reveal the real cause of his early death: a fatal combination of obesity, diabetes, and alcoholism.<p>Writing in the journal PLOS One …

Quantum effects observed in photosynthesis

Molecules that are involved in photosynthesis exhibit the same quantum effects as non-living matter, concludes an international team of scientists …

Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think

A new experiment hints at surprising hidden mechanics of quantum superpositions

The Popular Creation Story of Astronomy Is Wrong - Issue 60: Searches

In the early years of the 17th century, Johannes Kepler argued that the universe contained thousands of mighty bodies, bodies so huge that they could …

Measuring Scientific Broadness. (arXiv:1805.04647v1 [physics.soc-ph])

Authors: Tom Price, Sabine HossenfelderWho has not read letters of recommendations that comment on a student's `broadness' and wondered what to make …

When physics meets biology: a less known Feynman. (arXiv:1805.03854v1 [physics.hist-ph])

We discuss a less known aspect of Feynman's multifaceted scientific work, centered about his interest in molecular biology, which came out around …

What Is Spacetime?

INNOVATIONS IN<p>09 May 2018<p>Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?<p>George …

Quantum Mechanics

Richard Feynman at 100

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>08 May 2018<p>Paul Halpern celebrates the oeuvre of the brilliant, unconventional scientist.<p>Paul Halpern is a professor of physics at the …

Richard Feynman

Did Einstein really say that?

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>30 April 2018<p>As the physicist’s collected papers reach volume 15, Andrew Robinson sifts through the quotes attributed to him.<p>Andrew …

A Great Physicist’s Visions of a Future for Tiny Objects

Richard Feynman, whose 100th birthday is coming, saw the potential of miniaturization<p>The great physicist Richard Feynman, who would have turned 100 next month, left a multifaceted legacy. He transformed the way we do quantum theory, introducing powerful, beautiful new ways to visualize its …

Physics

Another Side of Feynman - Issue 59: Connections

All through a long life I had three main concerns, with a clear order of priority. Family came first, friends second, and work third.”So writes the …

The coevolution of physics and math

Breakthroughs in physics sometimes require an assist from the field of mathematics—and vice versa. In 1912, Albert Einstein, then a 33-year-old …

Mathematics

How My Nobel Dream Bit the Dust - Issue 59: Connections

“You may speculate from the day that days were created, but you may not speculate on what was before that.”—Talmud, Tractate Hagigah 11b, 450 A.D.To …

Freeman Dyson on How Robert Oppenheimer Ran Hot and Cold - Facts So Romantic

<i>Robert Oppenheimer could be extremely generous and friendly or he could be very harsh. He was very quick to judge and decide that somebody was no</i> …

Dyson

Richard Feynman from A to Z

<b>Robert P Crease</b> reports from the APS April meeting, where Virginia Trimble revealed her favourite Richard Feynman stories<p>If anyone has still-unheard …

Richard Feynman

Remembering Richard Feynman

Caltech to Host Two-Day Celebration in Honor of the Beloved Physicist's 100th BirthdayNews Writer: Whitney Clavin Richard FeynmanCredit: Caltech …

Richard Feynman

The Tale Of A 1986 Experiment That Proved Einstein Wrong

Yesterday a gentleman posted a comment on an article I wrote about the luminiferous aether. For those who aren’t familiar, the aether was an idea proposed in the 1800s to explain how light can travel through empty space. Several experiments trying to observe the aether were performed in the late …

Does a Quantum Equation Govern Some of the Universe's Large Structures?

Researchers who want to predict the behavior of systems governed by quantum mechanics—an electron in an atom, say, or a photon of light traveling …

Quantum Physics

Why Do Interpretations Of Quantum Physics Matter?

A couple of weeks ago, fellow Forbes blogger Ethan Siegel took to his keyboard with the goal of making me sigh heavily, writing a post about interpretations of quantum physics calling the idea that you need an interpretation “the biggest myth in quantum physics.” Ethan’s argument boils down to …

There's No One Way to Explain How Flying Works

Let's be clear—airplanes are complicated. Sure, it's entirely possible to get a piece of paper and fold it in a particular way so that it flies. But …

Just What IS a "Quantum"?

Quantum is one of those words that's a godsend if you're a lazy science-fiction author in need of a plot device, or someone trying to scam people …

Physics

Julian Schwinger, the Singularity

In the fall of 1945, at Los Alamos, New Mexico, scientists working on the Manhattan Project heard Julian Schwinger deliver a brilliant lecture about …

Top 10 papers from Physical Review’s first 125 years

No anniversary list is ever complete. Just last month, for instance, my Top 10 scientific anniversaries of 2018 omitted the publication two centuries …

Universes with no weak force might still have stars and life

An alternate universe that lacks one of the four fundamental forces might still have galaxies, stars, planets and perhaps life, a new study suggests.

Physics

Physics Facts and Figures

Physics is old. Together with astronomy, it’s the oldest scientific discipline. And the age shows. Compared to other scientific areas, physics is a …

Could an updated Feynman experiment finally lead to a Theory of Everything?

Measuring quantum gravity has proven extremely challenging, stymying some of the greatest minds in physics for generations.<br>Read More

What would it have been like to witness the beginning of the universe?

Something wonderful happened about 13.8 billion years ago. Everything in the universe was created in an instant as an infinitesimally small point of …

Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

<i>Sabine Hossenfelder is a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany. Her research focuses on general relativity and quantum gravity. She is author of the blog</i> Backreaction <i>and her first book, Lost in Math, is set to appear in June. You can find her on Twitter at @skdh.</i><p>…

Dark Matter

Peter Woit vs Sean Carroll: string theory, the multiverse, and Popperazism

The present observable universe is at least 91 billion light years across. The universe may be one million billions light years across. We don’t …

Quantum Mechanics