Richard Feynman

This New Experiment Could Finally Unite The Two Biggest Theories in Physics

It's time we solved this.<p>An idea for an experiment that could unite the stubborn fields of quantum mechanics and general relativity has been given …

Physics

You will love this conversation with Jaron Lanier, but I can’t describe it

Ever wondered what Richard Feynman was like on acid? Lanier can tell you.<p>Jaron Lanier is a VR pioneer and a digital philosopher. He coined the term “virtual reality,” founded one of the first companies in the space, and has been involved in both the practice and theory of creating and living in …

Singularity

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

© 2011 CGP Grey, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio<p>Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested …

Education

Freedom, Responsibility, and Human Values: Mathematician Lilian Lieber on How the Greatest Creative Revolution in Mathematics Illuminates the Core Ideals of Social Justice and Democracy

An imaginative extension of Euclid’s parallel postulate into life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.<p><i>“The joy of existence must be asserted in each one, at every instant,”</i> Simone de Beauvoir wrote in her paradigm-shifting treatise on how freedom demands that happiness become our moral …

Culture

One: The Second Part of Time, draft Chapter 7, July 2027

7/1, Thursday<p>Arctic Energy event was last month. Lots of strangers in town which had us on edge remembering last month, wondering who in this crowd …

Northwest Territories

Re fitness to serve, we have things backwards

Reagan-Gorbachev shaking hands 1987<br>(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org)) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>When a quarterback is not in …

Liberal View

Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

Twenty-five particles and four forces. That description—the Standard Model of particle physics—constitutes physicists’ best current explanation for …

Physics

The Inside Story Of A Major Medical Breakthrough

Innovation is never a single event<p>When Jim Allison received a call from Dr. Jedd Wolchok, asking him to come to his office, he was puzzled at first. As a researcher, he rarely ventured into the clinical part of the hospital. Yet when he opened the door and saw his colleague sitting with a young …

Cancer

The Science of Ancient Wine

For hundreds of years, questions about the origins of winemaking were answered with a pleasingly colorful mix of educated guesses, myths, and …

Wine

Why People Really Quit Their Jobs

People don’t quit a job, the saying goes — they quit a boss. We’ve heard it so many times that when we started tracking why employees leave Facebook, all bets were on managers. But our engagement survey results told a different story: When we wanted to keep people and they left anyway, it wasn’t …

Careers

Want to become a Data Scientist? Try Feynman Technique

Many a blogs and articles are written on how to become a Data Scientist. The list normally goes like this• Study descriptive statistics, hypothesis …

Data Science

The World’s Most Lyrical Footnote: Physicist Richard Feynman on the Life-Expanding Common Ground Between the Scientific and the Poetic Worldviews

“Far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it.”<p>In looking back on the past year, I keep returning to <i>The Universe in Verse</i> as a singular highlight — that labor-of-love celebration of the common ground between poetry and science, standing as a contemporary testament to …

Culture

What is time? Unravel the mysteries of past, present and future with these fascinating books

We recommend the best books on the universe’s most puzzling phenomenon: time<p>Time is one of the most complex properties of our universe to explain. …

Physics

2018’s Top 10 science anniversaries

With each new year, science offers a fresh list of historical occasions ideally suited for a Top 10 list.Science’s rich history guarantees a …

Science

What if sugar is worse than just empty calories? An essay by Gary Taubes

• Gary Taubes, cofounder<p>Nutrition Science Initiative, San Diego, California, USA<p>gataubes{at}gmail.com<p>Doctors have long suspected sugar is not simply a …

Diabetes

3 Simple Steps to Mastering Any New Subject, According to a Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Learn anything faster using the Feynman Technique.<p>As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than …

Science

The best kottke.org posts and links of 2017

<i>[ As a tease for the first issue of the just-announced Noticing newsletter coming up on Friday, here is last week’s newsletter that we previewed for</i> …

Thelonious Monk

Who Is Richard Feynman? The Curious Character Who Mastered Thinking and Physics

<b>Richard Feynman</b> (1918-1988) was one of the great scientists and physicists of our time, truly one of the great minds of humanity. Below, we collect …

Charlie Munger

The 10 Key Differences Between Weight Loss Success and Failure

<b>“NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!”</b><p>At some point in the past two days, you probably said something like the following:<p>“Alright, time to lose this gut. “<br>• “This year …

Self-improvement

7 Quotes That Show Why You Really Need a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral

Inspiring.<p>Stuck for that perfect eulogy to sum up the fleeting beauty of human mortality? Sure, you could turn to the depressing wisdom of Keats, or …

Science

The Best of Brain Pickings 2017

The courage to be yourself, a Stoic’s antidote to anxiety, how friendship transforms us, in praise of solitude, and more.<p>We read for the same reasons we write — to think, to feel, to locate ourselves within ourselves and in relation to the world. Of the 258 pieces I wrote this year, these are the …

Culture

The best books I read in 2017

Books to better understand Trump, to defend yourself from information overload, to imagine the future.<p>On my podcast, I close each conversation by asking my guest to recommend three books. Here, at the end of 2017, I thought I’d answer my own question, or at least a variant of it.<p>I shifted my …

Books

Science You Might Have Missed in 2017

Birds barter shrewdly, jellyfish sleep brainlessly, and researchers raise their statistical standards.<p>This year it was easy for any story about science or nature to get, quite literally, eclipsed. When the world wasn’t fixated on the total solar eclipse that traversed the continental U.S., …

Business

Forget ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Charles Dickens And Michael Faraday Created ‘A Chemistry Carol’

And the history of science communication to the general public would never be the same.<p>Winter, with its cold, dark nights, is a great time for …

Charles Dickens

How a Machine That Can Make Anything Would Change Everything

<i>“Something is going to happen in the next forty years that will change things, probably more than anything else since we left the caves.” –James Burke</i><p>…

Emerging Technology

SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other …

Teaching

The Richard Feynman cryptograms

<b>Three encrypted texts left behind by Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman are probably the most famous crypto mystery I have never blogged about</b> …

Here's Richard Feynman's Simple Technique For Sorting Science From Pseudoscience

In this fast-paced world of social media news, it can be exhausting to constantly have to figure out which of the legit-sounding headlines popping up …

Science

Europe unveils roadmap for the next decade of quantum computing

Back in 2016, the EU invested 1 billion euros (almost $1.2 billion at today's exchange rates) in quantum computing. Now, a year and a half later, it's time for an update on what's happening thanks to a 150-page roadmap on European quantum technologies. It also outlines where the project will go …

Quantum Mechanics

Do thought experiments really uncover new scientific truths? – Dan Falk

In Galileo’s <i>Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems</i> (1632), three Italian gentlemen – one philosopher and two laymen – debate the structure …

Psychology