New Year's Resolution

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

I plan to post a lot less to G+. Originally I had high hopes here. I met lots of great people, and I hoped we'd have lots of interesting conversations - maybe even work on projects together. I feel happy when my articles trigger interesting conversations. I feel even happier, in a way, when I stumble on an interesting conversation in someone else's post! But those things are happening less and less. Instead, people seem to be getting bored, posting links without any personal touch, or going silent entirely. I often come here, scan through dozens and dozens of posts, and leave feeling lonely and dissatisfied.

So, I'm going to spent more time on my blog:

https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/

and I hope to see you there.

I can't really live without writing about whatever fascinates me. I need to explain things to understand them, and there's nothing I enjoy more. So I'm not going to stop. I just want to do it in place that encourages long, interesting conversations: a place where we can write math formulas if we want, a place where the comments are threaded, a place where the comments are visible full size right away instead of 'minimized'... and a place where +1ing doesn't serve as a substitute for conversation.

I'll probably still visit G+ for the links - it's a good source of news. And I may still post some links myself.

As far as my work goes, I'll try to push deeper into some aspects of biology - namely, how network theory and nonequilibrium thermodynamics combine in living systems. I'm really excited about what I'm starting to see! For more, keep reading my blog.

For today, here's a post on something that sounds simple but turns out to be surprisingly complicated and beautiful. What happens when a fast-moving electron hits some water?

I love that kind of question...
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