### Yuval Rishu Sanders

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I think everyone should watch this excellent lecture.

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Unbelievable. If you like guitar music AT ALL, you must watch!

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Nicely recoloured version of a famous photograph

This image is just mind-blowing. It was originally captured in 1927 at the Solvay Conference, attended by some of the most brilliant scientists in history. Notable attendees included Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac and Louis de Broglie. More than half of the attendees went onto win the Nobel Prize in either Physics or Chemistry. Marie Curie actually won the prize in

The original picture is black & white but a Swedish female artist successfully colorized it and posted it on reddit where it became an instant classic. Not only that, she's made it available on the internet for free.

This one definitely deserves to be shared further for the world to print and put up as a poster. A more epic gathering cannot be imagined.

#photography #mindblown

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"The Higgs discovery emerged as a single sudden announcement, but over the last two years an equally important discovery has slowly come into focus, one small piece of data from the LHC at a time. Unlike the case of the Higgs, this discovery has been a vigorous slap in the face to the theoretical particle physics community, telling us in no uncertain terms that we’ve been wasting most of our time for the past thirty years. For these three decades, the subject has been dominated by research into an elaborate speculative scenario which has been investigated in exhaustive detail." (Peter Woit)

For my part, as a young and aspiring theoretical physicist, I consider the matter of the veracity of String Theory to be closed. I will not take any time to learn String Theory unless I hear a clear and definite prediction that has a chance of being tested experimentally. Until then, I consider it precisely as relevant to physics as the Æther.

For my part, as a young and aspiring theoretical physicist, I consider the matter of the veracity of String Theory to be closed. I will not take any time to learn String Theory unless I hear a clear and definite prediction that has a chance of being tested experimentally. Until then, I consider it precisely as relevant to physics as the Æther.

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I became interested in String Theory not necessarily for any particular new physical predictions, but simply as a fully mathematically rigorous account of the standard model - a worthy project in its own right!

Of course there are no good reasons to believe it does offer any such thing, or rather, as there is no coherent account of String Theory, there are no reasons to think it offers any insight into future work of how to patch the mathematical holes in QFT.

I think to a certain degree String Theorists have managed to bamboozle many people, by convincing the mathematicians that although its highly unrigorous, at least it has connections to physics, and convincing physicists that although it makes no coherent predictions, at least it is beautiful math.

For me, I will learn string theory if and when it*exists*.

Of course there are no good reasons to believe it does offer any such thing, or rather, as there is no coherent account of String Theory, there are no reasons to think it offers any insight into future work of how to patch the mathematical holes in QFT.

I think to a certain degree String Theorists have managed to bamboozle many people, by convincing the mathematicians that although its highly unrigorous, at least it has connections to physics, and convincing physicists that although it makes no coherent predictions, at least it is beautiful math.

For me, I will learn string theory if and when it

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The aspect ratio of the Nepalese flag is constitutionally specified to be the least root of 243356742235044*x^4 - 1325568548812608*x^3 + 2700899847521244*x^2 - 2439951444086880*x + 824634725389225. Which lives in Q[sqrt(59-24*sqrt(2))].

They say it with Euclidean constructive geometry:

The Most Mathematical Flag - Numberphile

http://0xc.de/flags/nepal/

They say it with Euclidean constructive geometry:

The Most Mathematical Flag - Numberphile

http://0xc.de/flags/nepal/

consider the triangle (L,N,S) with lengths of sides LN, LN, MN. Bisecting it into two rectangle triangles we get: NS^2 + NT^2 = MN^2 and NS^2 + LT^2 = LN^2 => MN^2-NT^2 = LN^2-LT^2 moreover we have...

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It is highly likely that a Higgs discovery will be announced on Wednesday. This blog post gives a nice explanation of what they're looking for. CERN is hosting a 2-hour seminar at 9am Geneva time, followed by a press conference at 11am. I'm very happy to be in Europe right now, because I'll be able to watch at a decent hour!

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I finally found out the speed of an unladen swallow... though apparently, I meant European.

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I had decided to retire from the Nobel Prize prediction business at the top of my game after my first prediction soon after this blog was started. I haven’t heard anything about what tomorrow’s announcement will be, but did just notice something that gave me pause, this quote in a Cosmos magazine article:
“There’s nothing stopping us from giving the prize to an organisation. But it has not been the custom in the scientific prizes,” said Lars Berg...

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Looks like Frank was right.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/oct/09/physics-nobel-prize-quantum-computing?newsfeed=true

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/oct/09/physics-nobel-prize-quantum-computing?newsfeed=true

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Too much of science "journalism" is in fact poorly disguised press releases. It's disgusting.

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"Finally, while I am sort of on the topic of science journalism, can’t we please, please, please mandate the citation of the DOI tag in any online story about a new paper?"

I fully support that rule.

I fully support that rule.

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This is what I'm watching instead of sleeping.

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"If, as it seems, Apple has had to resort to the courts to stifle competition and limit consumer choice, then it is a sad day for American innovation. That the company can do so with such impunity is an even sadder reflection of how dysfunctional the patent system in the United States has become."

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The more I look into it, the more I believe intellectual property should be abolished altogether.

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