Category: Science

The Mathematical Universe

This is the Many Words interpretation of The Imaginary Part, about Max Tegmark’s paper The Mathematical UniversearXiv: 0704.0646 He also has a more easily digestible version on the arxiv, titled “Shut Up and Calculate”. Since the guy is quite entertaining, it is worthwhile to check out the recording of his colloq at PI, and the […]

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Nobel Prize awarded to Ertl

Today, there is a lot of excitement here in Germany because the Nobel Prize in chemistry also goes to a German, Gerhard Ertl, “for his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces“, and his contributions to the understanding of the workings of catalysis at surfaces. Actually, Ertl had started his scientific career as a physicist. […]

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Nobel Prize awarded to Fert and Grünberg

This years Nobel Prize in Physics goes to the French physicist Albert Fert and the German Peter Grünberg “for the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance“, an effect that allows today’s hard disks to store hundereds of gigabytes of data. Both researchers have been awarded with the Wolf prize earlier this year, and you can find plenty […]

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This and That

The 2007 Nobel Prize for Physics will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9, 11:45 a.m. CET (at the earliest), for more info see nobelprize.org. You’re welcome to let me know your guess. The October issue of Discover Magazine is about ‘The State of Science in America’ and has a very readable essay by Lisa Randall […]

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Art and Communication

One factor that sets humans apart from other species is our ability to exchange information fast, efficiently, and over potentially long distances in space and time. Another factor is the time spent with useless distractions. For evolutionary purposes drawings on the cave wall seem pointless since they don’t keep the bears away. You might want […]

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