String Theory

Carl Craig’s String Theory: The Detroit House Pioneer Gets Orchestral

Ever since discos became churches of sound in the Seventies, the magic of ever-evolving dance music has also been its curse. In a sizzling club or a …

Music

Post-Modern Physics: String Theory Gets Over the Need for Evidence

String theory, which took root in the 1970s, proposes that “all objects in our universe are composed of vibrating filaments (strings) and membranes …

Multiverse

An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries

The equations that describe the universe at the smallest and largest scales — how the tiniest elementary particles dance, how the space-time of the cosmos bends — predicted a slight incongruity, a tiny unbalancing in the numbers of certain particles under certain circumstances.<p>But physicists have …

Physics

Blockchain: the revolution we're not ready for

Blockchain: the revolution we're not ready for<p>Imagine you didn't need to trust a stranger to make a deal with them. Imagine you didn't need to trust …

Bitcoin

Lab notes: Toxic Mars, mission to Mercury and string theory

Remember Matt Damon growing potatoes from his own waste in Ridley Scott’s spectacular man-on-Mars space epic The Martian? Of course you do. Damon’s botanist astronaut Mark Watney devises an ingenious way of surviving four years till his only chance of being rescued when another mission flies by …

Physics

Last Week’s Hype | Not Even Wrong

Now back from vacation, more regular blogging should resume imminently. While away, lots of press stories about claims that LIGO could be used to get …

Columbia University

Tying loose ends? Gravitational waves could solve string theory, study claims

New paper suggests that the hotly contested physics thesis, which involves the existence of six ‘extra dimensions’, may be settled by cutting-edge laser detectors<p>String theory makes the grand promise of weaving together all of physics into a single sublime framework. The only downside is that …

Physics

Theories On Pulsar Phenomena Aren't Theories

A theory is a very precise thing in science - yet some scientists can't resist using the term to lend intellectual weight to what may be a hypothesis …

Physics

Gravitational Waves Can Unveil Hidden Dimensions, Say Scientists

In 2015, scientists first detected gravitational waves. Now they're figuring out how to use them.<p>It’s been two years since scientists discovered …

Physics

What are the chances of finding love? 'Constellations' explores the infinite possibilities

<i>Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech star in "Constellations."; Credit: Geffen Playhouse</i>Darby Maloney and Monica Bushman | The FrameThe play, …

Southern California

From Trump to string theory and supernovas: five science lectures to expand your mind

These lecturers from some of the world's foremost experts are the ideal antidote to an era of alternative facts<p>Jeffrey Sachs<p><b>Surviving Trump and</b> …

Physics

This Week’s Hype | Not Even Wrong

I’m on vacation in Europe, not in any mood to spend more time on this than just to point out that it’s the same usual tedious string theory …

Physics

Nominate the finest geeks for the 2017 Philly Geek Awards

For the seventh (!) year in a row, top-flight geekery will get its special night in Philadelphia.We now have all of the details for the <b>2017 Philly</b> …

Geek

The Dangerous Irrelevance of String Theory | Not Even Wrong

It is sometimes said that theory has strayed too far from experiment/observation. Historically, there are classic cases with long time delays between …

Physics

String Theory Meets Loop Quantum Gravity | Quanta Magazine

Eight decades have passed since physicists realized that the theories of quantum mechanics and gravity don’t fit together, and the puzzle of how to …

Physics

Physicists and Philosophers Debate the Boundaries of Science | Quanta Magazine

Physicists typically think they “need philosophers and historians of science like birds need ornithologists,” the Nobel laureate David Gross told a …

Physics

Will Quantum Mechanics Swallow Relativity? - Issue 49: The Absurd

It is the biggest of problems, it is the smallest of problems.At present physicists have two separate rulebooks explaining how nature works. There is …

Physics

The Crisis of the Multiverse - Issue 49: The Absurd

Physicists have always hoped that once we understood the fundamental laws of physics, they would make unambiguous predictions for physical …

Dark Matter

String Theory’s Strange Second Life | Quanta Magazine

String theory strutted onto the scene some 30 years ago as perfection itself, a promise of elegant simplicity that would solve knotty problems in …

Physics

Moonshine Master Toys With String Theory | Quanta Magazine

After the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in Iceland in 2010, flight cancellations left Miranda Cheng stranded in Paris. While waiting for the ash …

Physics

String Theory's Weirdest Ideas Finally Make Sense—Thanks to VR

The robot is building a tesseract. He motions at a glowing cube floating before him, and an identical cube emerges. He drags it to the left, but the …

Physics

How Quantum Theory Is Inspiring New Math | Quanta Magazine

Mathematics might be more of an environmental science than we realize. Even though it is a search for eternal truths, many mathematical concepts …

Mathematics

Getting to Grips With Parallel Universes

It’s a bit of a controversy this one. The thought that there are parallel universes may seem a little far fetched and something that belongs in a …

Multiverse

Lissie: Five Things We Learned from Her New Ernie Ball 'String Theory' Episode

Singer-songwriter Lissie is the subject of Ernie Ball’s latest episode of <i>String Theory</i>, a web series exploring the sonic origins of some of music’s …

Guitar

Next week: Meet 15 nonprofits and mission-oriented orgs that are hiring right now

If you’re after a job that makes a difference, here’s a career fair for you.<p>Next Tuesday, May 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Old City, our sister site</b> …

Nonprofits

String Theory: A Symphony of Nature (Dr. Amanda Peet)

Physics

Physicists Outline 10 Different Dimensions and How You’d Experience Them

Does string theory excite you? Mathematically, it holds up. Aspects about it suggest not one but several different dimensions, ones we’re not …

Physics

A 'Cosmic Controversy' Is Mostly A Distraction

The first detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe. The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) image reveals 13 billion+ year old temperature fluctuations (shown as color differences) that correspond to the seeds that grew to become the galaxies. Encoded in the patterns are the answers …

Space Science

This Stradivarius study refutes the string theory of history

Scientists have found musicians can’t distinguish between the rare violins and modern fiddles. Maybe, in this era of fake news, experts really are untrustworthy<p>It is a story that seems designed to appeal to something deep within me: in blind tests, Stradivarius violins don’t sound any better than …

Physics

Gravitational Waves Could Be The Key to Discovering Extra Dimensions in Our Universe

"Gravitational waves can walk along any dimension."<p>If we want to find extra dimensions lurking within our Universe - something that string theory …

Physics