I recently read "Why a 762-year-old Japanese temple was the perfect setting for a hackathon" and thought why not a physics hackathon? This would possibly be the opposite of the recent, invitation only and very prestigious Marcel Grossman conference.
The subject of Lisa Grunwald and Stephen Adler's book is marriage, which may be why it fills 560 pages and weighs 3.7 pounds. "You won't able to put down," someone said. That was one buffed reader. Me, I could barely pick it up.
One of the key goals of a quantum theory of gravity is to describe black holes as complex but self-consistent quantum systems. The problem is that as physicists have attempted to do just that, they have encountered the so-called "information paradox."
Why did he think that doubt is generative? Many people seem to believe the opposite, namely, that doubt is destructive -- or at least paralyzing. Others fear doubt, because it threatens their otherwise comfortable sense of certainty.
Just as nature utilizes storms to collect disparate energies and ecologically regenerate, so also the artist synthesizes the complexities of human experience in the encounter with wholeness known as Art.
A logical deduction can tell you nothing that is not already embedded in its premises. All a logical deduction does is enable you to determine whether or not some conclusion is consistent with some set of premises.
A lot of people don't like magic because it make them feel stupid, but getting fooled by magic tricks says little about your intelligence. Indeed, the annals of science are replete with accounts of brilliant professors taken in by dime-store swindles.
Is the benefit of the extra oil we will get from deepwater drilling (half a year's worth of additional crude) worth the environmental risks of another major accident? The Obama administration has obviously decided yes.
When the MPAA gave the romantic comedy "It's Complicated" an R rating, they were making a very clear statement: showing successful, cosmopolitan adults enjoying marijuana with no consequences is somehow worthy of restriction.