Of course, when you're starting out in life, and you have to support yourself, a job is essential, and a BA degree might not get you something to pay the bills. But then again, it just might.
A handful of physics articles from 50 years ago have become central to the way physicists think about matter and the cosmos today -- so central, in fact, that we can sometimes forget that these foundational ideas even have a history.
Less than a year after the first Higgs boson was found in the suburbs of Geneva, Switzerland, the world of particle physics was rocked last weekend when a hoard of 36 of the itty-bitty particles was discovered in the back of the basement of the First Trinity Church in Cambridge, England.
Reality is waiting for us to creep closer to understanding its mysteries. In the meantime, it won't falter or come to an end. Reality will remain our home, our source, and the ground state of our being far beyond the lifetime of the foreseeable universe.
Even if controlled fusion is still a long way from reaching fruition, nuclear energy remains the best and perhaps the only long-term, large-scale solution to the world's energy needs.
The 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, results are in, and there's some really good news for those that worry about the U.S. becoming a nation of brainy elitists.
An intriguing question that arises is whether infinities are only a mathematical concept, or whether they can occur in physical reality. Interestingly, cosmology -- the study of the universe as a whole -- provides quite a few examples where in principle one could encounter infinity.
If God exists, the deity must be smiling. For behind the high fives and hoopla over the Higgs boson, there's a growing doubt that we are anywhere near to understanding the nature of reality. These doubts arise from two major sources.
While I agree that changes are called for in certain standards and practices, it is wrong to conclude that there are any fundamental flaws in the basic methods of science. When science is done properly, it still remains the most powerful force for human advancement the world has ever seen.
The award of the Nobel Prize in physics generally creates a mental blur for most people, since no one can comprehend the current state of physics without training in advanced mathematics. This year was somewhat different, thanks to a nickname.
No one can predict what practical applications can come out of the basic scientific research being done today, but history shows that without basic science we can expect little human progress.
As easy as it is to think that the brain in its skull casing is all that is necessary to produce mind, it's just as easy, if you permit yourself, to think of Mind as the fundamental nature of everything that exists.
It is the height of irony that at the same time the SSC perished, the community of academic economists was finally comprehending, in detail, what actually causes economies to grow and prosper.
How do you explain the Higgs boson to the general public? The problem centers on how we understand it as physicists. We learn about the math and understand it that way, but that doesn't help get an intuitive feel for what is going on.
We're geeking out in the What's Trending studio with a huge science-fueled chat, featuring NASA's Flight Director and iconic Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi, Veritasium's Derek Muller and I Fucking Love Science's Elise Andrew.
On March 23, 1882, a girl named Emmy Noether was born in Erlangen, Bavaria. The daughter of a mathematician, she would turn out to be a mathematical genius and make one of the most important contributions to physics in the twentieth century.