If all the planets in the observable universe were crawling with monkeys, who had been typing ever since the first planets formed, then the best they would have done is typed a single sonnet. Their output would include short coherent stretches from all the world’s literatures, but no single complete work.
The benefits of lasers are many, the authors claim. For one, DE weapons don’t constantly run out of ammunition…
Ill be the first to say that empty space as Im describing it isnt necessarily nothing, although I will add that it was plenty good enough for Augustine and the people who wrote the Bible. For them an eternal empty void was the definition of nothing, and certainly I show that that kind of nothing aint nothing anymore.
The system would see a spacecraft magnetically levitated to avoid friction, while the same magnetic system is used to accelerate the spacecraft to orbital velocities – just under 9 km/sec 5.6 miles/s.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It sounds like hubris to think you could write a book that, basically, tells the whole broad story of science in one go. But here it is, and it is worth reading.
Mr. Gribbin’s explanations of dizzying series of innovations are always clear and concise. But his strength is a perspicacious gift for knowing what to put in and what to leave out, and when to bind the threads of his story together more tightly. Indeed, this was the most satisfying part. Time after time, Gribbin would seed his narrative with a detail that would sprout in the succeeding pages into a delightful coincidence. Time after time, I would slap my hand to my forehead, then sink back into my chair (or subway bench) in a weary exultation of edification.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s funny; it really is. To wit, Feynman writes: “You see, the chemists have a complicated way of counting: instead of saying ‘one, two, three, four, five protons,’ they say, ‘hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron.’ ”
- Too Smart for His Own Good (patospapa.wordpress.com)
- The Richard Feynman Trilogy: The Physicist Captured in Three Films – - – Open Culture (richarddawkins.net)
- Richard Feynman: My favourite scientist (guardian.co.uk)
In the end, it would not make sense if a theoretical concept put forward 40+ years ago showed up in Nature in precisely the predicted form, would it? Yet what ATLAS and CMS are seeing looks dangerously close to the Standard Model Higgs: the signal is showing up everywhere it should, and with roughly the size it should. Of course (now this is a serious of course) we’re in no position yet to make any quantitative statements about the properties of the Higgs. Indeed, measuring the couplings of the Higgs to matter will be the clue of the experimental particle physics program for the next 20 years. The more precisely we’ll measure these couplings, the bigger chance there is to catch a glimpse of new physics. Still, it is getting more likely than ever that the Standard Model is the correct description of physics at the TeV energies. This is dubbed the nightmare scenario; in the first place a nightmare for particle theorists who become expendable, but in a 30 years perspective also a nightmare for the entire particle physics program.
I’m no physicist, but there are two things about the search for the Higgs boson that I am compelled to mention. One is that Higgs always makes me think of the 1980s telvision program “Magnum P.I.,” and two is that while I understand that finally tracking the Higgs down is a valid, even spectacular, accomplishment, it does not really change anything, does it? Finding the Higgs is not as momentous as not finding it, it seems to me. What these intrepid folks have done is confirm what everyone was assuming, anyway.
It is a little like finding out the score of a ballgame after seeing the winning team’s fans set couches on fire in the street.