Author Archives: Suresh Emre

About Suresh Emre

I have worked as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. I am a volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement. My main goal is to inspire the reader to engage in Self-discovery and expansion of consciousness.

Recent discussions on dark energy

Almost a century of astronomical observations have firmly established that galaxies are receding from each other. More recent observations which were awarded with a Nobel prize have shown that the speed at which the galaxies are receding from each other … Continue reading

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Durability of Metals from Archaeological Objects

Don’t ask me why I was curious about this subject. Ok…I will tell you. For entertainment, I sometimes watch Turkish TV shows (from YouTube). Conspiracy theorists are ubiquitous on Turkish TV. They make bold claims. Almost all their claims are … Continue reading

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Can you explain why the diameter of the observable universe is 93 billion light-years?

image credit If the universe is 13.8 billion years old how come the diameter of the observable universe is 93 billion light-years? The diameter should be 27.6 billion light-years, right? The answer is no. We have to consider the expansion … Continue reading

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Ananda Purnima 2019

“The soul of music slumbers in the shell Till waked and kindled by the master’s spell And feeling hearts – touch them but rightly – pour A thousand melodies unfelt before.” – Samuel Rogers

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Chuck Lorre’s Big Bang Theory Vanity Cards

The long-running TV comedy show Big Bang Theory (BBT) ended today after 12 seasons (279 episodes). BBT was my favorite TV show of all time. I congratulate everyone involved in producing the show. The writing was superb. Actors were very … Continue reading

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An alternative, very short, interpretation of Tao Te Ching

              The content of the Chinese book of wisdom “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu (founder of Taoism) is open to interpretation. The title itself is open to interpretation as well. The literal translation … Continue reading

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Life is systaltic

Movement…pause…movement…pause…movement…pause. image credit

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How many books in major libraries?

image credit Here’s the number of catalogued items in the largest libraries based on this list as of March 9, 2019: British Library:   150-200 million Library of Congress:   164 million+ New York Public Library:   55 million Library … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Raymond Bates on Unity of Intelligence

Raymond Bates lives in the Philippines with his wife and two teenage children. He is the author of six books. “The Microvitic Atom“, “The Internal Being, Reincarnational and Intuitive Psychology“, “Macrogenesis, A New Paradigm in Consciousness“, “Biometaphysics, A theory of … Continue reading

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Unity of Intelligence

In the book “Possible Minds (25 ways of Looking at AI)” Wilczek says that if mind is emergent then “All intelligence is machine intelligence. What distinguishes natural from artificial intelligence is not what it is, but only how it is … Continue reading

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Best Explanations of Renormalization in Quantum Field Theory

image credit Renormalization in Quantum Field Theory is a complex subject. I tried to collect the accessible explanations. I hope this helps. John Preskill in “We are all Wilsonians now” John Baez on renormalization Sean Carroll’s explanation Renormalization for philosophers … Continue reading

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J. Robert Oppenheimer’s Interview

We read about the important scientists of the 20’th century but rarely get an opportunity to hear their voices. Here’s a voice recording from 1965 as well as the transcript. https://www.manhattanprojectvoices.org/oral-histories/j-robert-oppenheimers-interview The direct link to the sound recording is the … Continue reading

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Quantum Computing Review Article by John Preskill

Quantum Computing related research is now being funded at a high level and there is a gold rush towards this field among physicists, engineers and computer scientists. I admit that Quantum Computing is very attractive. If I were an undergraduate … Continue reading

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2019 update on the location of the magnetic north pole

image credit Magnetic north pole has been drifting from Canada to Siberia. The drift speed is accelerating. This prompted scientists to update the World Magnetic Model recently. GPS system, navigational systems used by satellites, aircraft, ships, submarines and other vehicles rely … Continue reading

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Lunar Night

image credit: China National Space Administration China landed a probe (Chang’e-4) on the far side of the Moon on January 3, 2019. This was the first soft landing on the far side. Another first was a mini biosphere experiment. A canister … Continue reading

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CERN FCC (Future Circular Collider) Design Reports

“The Future Circular Collider (FCC) Conceptual Design Report (CDR) is a four-volume document that demonstrates the technical feasibility and identifies the physics opportunities offered by the different collider options that form the core of the FCC study. It is the … Continue reading

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Michael Atiyah (1929-2019)

Michael Atiyah passed away at the age of 89. The Guardian obituary and The New York Times obituary are good places to learn about his background. The Guardian article called him “one of the greatest British mathematicians since Isaac Newton.” … Continue reading

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Kandilli

I grew up in a coal mining town by the Black Sea in Turkey. Images from Kandilli below

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No need to be confused

When you are confused or discouraged, or when you think that book writing is all about ego and ego is bad because it blocks the light of the soul – which is true – remember that Reality is about Life. … Continue reading

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Biomass distribution

image credit A picture is worth thousand words! The diagram above summarizes the most recent understanding of the biomass distribution in the biosphere. The unit “Gt” means gigaton. The “C” refers to carbon. Plants dominate the biosphere in terms of … Continue reading

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Jagdish Mehra (1931-2008)

Words have power! This is true in all subjects not just spirituality. Sometimes a technical book or even a collection of physics papers can be inspiring too. Today, I remembered reading the book titled “The Physicist’s Conception of Nature” edited … Continue reading

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Sheb-i Arus 2018 (745’th commemoration)

Rumi’s 7 principles: 1. In generosity and helping others be like a river. 2. In compassion and grace be like the sun. 3. In concealing others’ faults be like the night. 4. In anger and fury be like the dead. … Continue reading

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Kolmogorov Complexity

Kolmogorov Complexity of a mathematical object is defined as the length of the shortest possible computer program needed to describe it.  For computer scientists, Kolmogorov Complexity which is also known as Algorithmic Complexity is a measure of how compressible a … Continue reading

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Live video feeds from ISS

If you do a Google search on “live video feeds from ISS” you might end up watching magnificent views of Earth as seen from ISS (International Space Station) but unfortunately most of these video feeds are NOT live. I tried this … Continue reading

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CERN LHC Long Shutdown 2 (LS2)

Run 2 (2015-2018) of CERN LHC operations ended.  There will be no physics experiments for the next 2 years. CERN accelerator complex will be upgraded during the long shutdown between now and spring 2021. During Run 2 each proton was … Continue reading

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Anti-photon, anti-neutrino

image credit Reminder 1: there are no right-handed neutrinos Reminder 2: only left-handed fermions (and right-handed anti-fermions) participate in “weak nuclear” interactions. This violates P-symmetry which is the symmetry under parity transformation. Electromagnetic and strong nuclear forces do not differentiate … Continue reading

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Earth’s hum

I sometimes take notes and return to those notes later. This is from 2017. There was an article at The Washington Post titled “Scientists are slowly unlocking the secrets of the Earth’s mysterious hum“. National Geographic published an article on … Continue reading

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Microcausality

image credit: Rolf Landua In my blog post titled “Short descriptions of Quantum Field Theory” I have quotations from famous physicists. The first quotation is from Lisa Randall’s book “Warped Passages” (Harper Perennial, 2005) “Quantum field theory, the tool with … Continue reading

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New upper limit for electron EDM

ACME II experiment at Harvard reports a new upper limit for the electron EDM (electric dipole moment). Electron EDM The previous upper limit was . According to SM (Standard Model) of particle physics electron is a point particle with no … Continue reading

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Atiyah lecture at 2018 Heidelberg Laureate Forum

I have an earlier blogpost from 2 years ago titled Atiyah lecture at 2016 Heildelberg Laureate Forum. Atiyah gave another lecture at the Heidelberg Laurate Forum this year. His lecture created great excitement. He presented a proof of the Riemann … Continue reading

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3 No’s of Quantum Physics

image credit ♦  No particle can be entangled with more than one particle at a time. This is known as the “monogamy of entanglement“. “If two systems are strongly entangled then each of them cannot be entangled very much with … Continue reading

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Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza known to his students and colleagues as Luca passed away on August 31, 2018. He was 96. He was a legendary intellectual and a professor of Genetics at the Stanford University Medical School. The press release from … Continue reading

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Frank Wilczek corrects a misunderstanding

In my blog site “Renaissance Universal” the last name “Wilczek” appears in 12 blogposts. I appreciate Frank Wilczek‘s contributions to physics. He shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics with David Gross and David Politzer “for the discovery of asymptotic freedom … Continue reading

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Fractional Spin

Image credit: University of California – Santa Barbara The term “fractional” in the title of this post should be read as “any”. Frank Wilczek called the quasi-particles that can have any spin anyons in a 1982 paper. The “any” in … Continue reading

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Chris Quigg’s Summary of the Evolution of Particle Physics

I follow Chris Quigg’s Twitter feed. I have learned a lot from his wonderful observations. Chris Quigg is the grand wise physicist of Fermilab. Over the years he has made many contributions to physics and even greater contributions to the … Continue reading

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Free version of the Feynman Lectures on Physics

There is a free version of the Feynman Lectures on Physics provided by Caltech. http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/ See also http://www.feynmanlectures.info/ Image credit: http://www.theory.caltech.edu/~preskill/talks/APS-April-2018-Feynman-4-3.pdf Caltech reminds that: “However, we want to be clear that this edition is only free to read online, and this … Continue reading

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Huge amount of water in Earth’s mantle (2)

In a previous post (4 years ago) I brought your attention to the existence of huge amount of water in Earth’s mantle. Quanta magazine recently reported on the latest news on this front: The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans. … Continue reading

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Final reports from the Planck Cosmic Microwave Background Measurements

ESA (European Space Agency)’s Planck mission studied the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) fluctuations with an accuracy set by the fundamental astrophysical limits. In other words, it will be hard to beat the accuracy of the Planck measurements in the future. … Continue reading

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The Centennial of Julian Schwinger

The celebration of the centennial of the birth of Julian Schwinger was organized by Harvard University in February 2018. I am a little late writing about it because I was on hiatus from blog writing. Nevertheless, I wanted to do … Continue reading

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Where were we?

In my blogpost titled Carmel (June 28, 2017) I announced that I was taking a break from blogging to work on a book. I knew that nobody would care but I made the announcement anyway to create pressure on myself. … Continue reading

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Fog

It is not dark anymore but there is fog.  Clarity remains elusive. image credit     https://sureshemre.wordpress.com/index/ * for service and blessedness *

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Carmel

Not that anybody cares but I will take a 6-12 month break from blogging to work on a book. In the past I have started many books with different titles but they didn’t go anywhere. Short outbursts of intuitive writing … Continue reading

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Causal emergence, downward causation, and more…

The role of agency in causation is empirically obvious. When I move my hands and grab the coffee mug and drink the coffee the cause of these events is me (the agent). No one in his right mind can argue … Continue reading

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Few comments on the pratityasamutpada concept

“The word ‘interdependence’ is a translation of the Sanskrit pratityasamutpada, which means ‘to be by co-emergence’ and is usually translated as ‘dependent origination.’ The saying can be interpreted in two complementary ways. The first is ‘this arises because that is’, … Continue reading

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Word clouds

I generated word clouds of some of my articles using this web site. Thank you Jason Davies. Below, the image that follows the link is a visual representation of the most frequently used words in that text. Definitions and Summary of Soul … Continue reading

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Etymology of elementary particle names

Symmety.org is an educational outreach program funded by the US Department of Energy. Educational material are prepared by SLAC and FERMILAB writers and physicists. Daniel Garisto has done great service by preparing a web page explaining the etymology of elementary … Continue reading

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On the concept of scalar field

In physics (cosmology) “…scalar fields—fields that look the same no matter how you view them, but can contain energy or pressure. Their high level of symmetry suggests that one would be most likely to find them in the earliest moments … Continue reading

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Is there a particle that interacts with muons but not electrons?

This is a big if but if there is an unknown force that interacts with muons but not electrons then the following anomalies could be explained in one sweep: broken lepton universality proton size being slightly larger when it is orbited … Continue reading

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Updated links: LHC (Large Hadron Collider) operation

2010 machine performance (proton-proton collisions) https://lpc.web.cern.ch/lumiplots_2010_pp.htm 2011 machine performance (proton-proton collisions) https://lpc.web.cern.ch/lumiplots_2011_pp.htm 2012 machine performance (proton-proton collisions) https://lpc.web.cern.ch/lumiplots_2012_pp.htm 2015 machine performance (proton-proton collisions) https://lpc.web.cern.ch/lumiplots_2015_pp.htm 2016 machine performance (proton-proton collisions) https://lpc.web.cern.ch/lumiplots_2016_pp.htm 2017 machine performance (proton-proton collisions) https://lpc.web.cern.ch/lumiplots_2017_pp.htm 2018 machine performance (proton-proton … Continue reading

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Testing Google Neural Machine Translation (Turkish to English)

Google Translate service replaced its phrase based (rule based) algorithms with a sophisticated “machine learning” (artificial intelligence) system. They released the new system on Nov 15, 2016. The theoretical background of their new approach is explained in this academic paper.  Turkish/English translations are … Continue reading

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Ernst Mach

Ernst Mach Ernst Mach (February 18, 1838 – February 19, 1916) was an Austrian physicist, philosopher and experimental psychologist. In physics, he was the first to systematically study super-sonic motion. He also made important contributions to the understanding of the … Continue reading

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A rare good news from Middle East: SESAME opens

image credit I mentioned SESAME in a post last year. SESAME is the Middle East’s first synchrotron light source.  It is located in Allan, Jordan. SESAME is a joint project of Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan and also … Continue reading

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China’s Noah’s Ark

China’s first national gene bank officially opened recently. The center will eventually store 300 million genetic samples. Currently, it stores 10 million samples. China National GeneBank (CNGB) will be the biggest genetic research center in the world as well as … Continue reading

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Polyakov classic: Confinement and Liberation

The subjects of confinement and liberation are dear to my heart. Many of my posts are centered around these concepts. When I came across the review paper titled “Confinement and Liberation” by the famous Russian physicist A.M. Polyakov I was pleasantly … Continue reading

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1933 New Yorker articles on Einstein

image credit: The New Yorker Magazine (1933) The New Yorker magazine made some of its articles from earlier years available on its website. The following two part article was written in 1933 the year Einstein emigrated to the United States. … Continue reading

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Muon g-2 mystery

The most accurate measurement of muon’s magnetic moment to-date was made by the E821 collaboration at the BNL (Brookhaven National Laboratory) in 2001. The final report of the E821 experiment was published in 2006. That  report was updated in 2008. The E821 … Continue reading

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Most watched physics videos (compiled by TrueSciPhi)

TrueSciPhi is a website organized by Kelly Truelove. He describes his website as “A window on science and philosophy communities on Twitter and YouTube.” Among other things he compiles a list of the most watched physics videos. http://truesciphi.org/phyvid_sy.html The top 10 … Continue reading

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Story of how Feynman tried to get rid of fields but couldn’t

The “field” concept is a useful theoretical construct in physics. Fields can be quantized. The electromagnetic field consists of quanta known as photons. In QFT (Quantum Field Theory) the elementary particles are thought of as quanta of their respective field. … Continue reading

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Form

Terms associated with the concept of “form” contrast shape curvature variation structure binding confinement limitation boundary modification modulation pattern waveform frequency spectrum phase-space distribution function probability distribution function quantum wavefunction symmetry breaking Generalizations: Forms have boundaries Forms have dimensionality Forms … Continue reading

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2017 Oppenheimer Lecture by John Preskill on Quantum Computing

I follow John Preskill’s blog very closely. When I heard that he gave the 2017 Oppenheimer Lecture at the University of California – Berkeley I knew that this lecture would be an important educational resource. In the lecture he talks about … Continue reading

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You know, it would be sufficient to really understand the electron

 image credit: Dave Whyte “You know, it would be sufficient to really understand the electron.” – Albert Einstein as quoted by Hans G. Dehmelt in his 1989 Nobel lecture. Hans G. Dehmelt recently passed away on March 7, 2017.  His … Continue reading

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How long does it take to reach the bottom?

Under this title you expected me to say something philosophical, right? No, today’s story is more prosaic. My father was a coal mining engineer. He worked in the underground coal mines in Turkey for 25 years. When I was in … Continue reading

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Primordial qubit network perspective

If you read the recent articles [1][2][3][4] you will realize that more and more physicists are thinking of space-time and gravity as emergent phenomena. These days it is fashionable to think of the primordial fabric of the universe as a … Continue reading

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On the photon-photon interaction

image credit In my post titled “On the photon frequency” I emphasized the fact that photons do not interact with other photons, they pass through each other. Why? Because photons do not have electric charge. Some of you may have seen … Continue reading

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The Legacy of the Tevatron by S.D. Holmes and V.D. Shiltsev

In Chris Quigg’s Twitter feed I discovered this gem: The Legacy of the Tevatron in the Area of Accelerator Science by Stephen D. Holmes and Vladimir D. Shiltsev. I was a post-doctoral researcher at Fermilab between August 1988-November 1992. During … Continue reading

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In 4 space dimensions all knots can be unraveled

Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek reminds us in his tutorial article at the Quanta magazine that in 4 space dimensions all knots can be unraveled completely. He explains it as follows: “In three space dimensions, knot theory is a subtle, complicated … Continue reading

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A profile of Roger Penrose by Philip Ball

I have mentioned several times in this blog that Roger Penrose is one of my three heroes in physics – others being Albert Einstein and Gerard ‘t Hooft. The UK magazine Prospect published a profile of Roger Penrose. I enjoyed this … Continue reading

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Updates (February 2017)

I am going through a dry period spiritually. I cannot write inspirational (let alone inspired) pieces these days but I still want to write informative articles. In this “updates” post I wanted to mention two major developments in the world … Continue reading

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Sounds of Aya Sophia

Stanford University scientists have digitally created Aya Sophia’s acoustics and played the sounds in Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall as if it was Aya Sophia. You can listen to these sounds in the video in the Smithsonian article. They collaborated with … Continue reading

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EDGE 2017 question and 206 responses by invited contributors

The EDGE 2017 question: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known? You can find the 206 responses by the invited contributors at the following address (the EDGE web site is a little slow, the initial load of this web … Continue reading

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Update on how Earth’s magnetic field is changing

The European Space Agency (ESA) has a trio of satellites known as SWARM that studies Earth’s magnetic field. “Launched in 2013, the trio of Swarm satellites are measuring and untangling the different magnetic fields that stem from Earth’s core, mantle, … Continue reading

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John Hagelin’s “Restructuring Physics” article from 1989

Latest results from the proton decay experiment at the Super-K laboratory in Japan ruled-out the simplest GUT models seeking the unification of “strong nuclear”, “weak nuclear” and electromagnetic forces at high energies. Among the proposed GUT models, the one known as the “flipped SU(5)” … Continue reading

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Updates (December 2016)

ALPHA experiment at CERN ALPHA experiment observed one of the spectral lines of antihydrogen for the first time. The measurement was done by observing the 1S-2S transition. CPT symmetry demands that the spectra of hydrogen and antihydrogen be identical. The … Continue reading

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Reflections on this anniversary of Sheb-i Arus (2016)

December 17, 2016 On this anniversary of Sheb-i Arus (Rumi’s night of Divine Union with his Beloved) I am deeply saddened by the unbearable suffering of people in Syria and my homeland Anatolia as well. During Rumi’s years in Konya in the 13’th … Continue reading

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Cartoon guide to quantum computing by Scott Aaronson and Zach Weinersmith

Scott Aaronson and Zach Weinersmith worked on a wonderful educational project. They explain Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing very concisely in the cartoon format. When I viewed the visuals and read the text I appreciated Scott Aaronson’s talent in stating the … Continue reading

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Qubit

Image credit Quantum Computing has entered my radar. I am a little ashamed that I ignored this subject for so long. We are entering a new era. In the forthcoming blogposts I will try to inform you about the recent technological breakthroughs … Continue reading

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Book bunker below Bryant Park

I have recently learned that there is a book bunker below the Bryant Park. This is a concrete-encased and climate-controlled book vault with 55,600 square feet of space that extends west from the main branch of the New York Public Library … Continue reading

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Unsolved problems in physics

Image credit: “particle collisions” by Xiaoling Zeng (Quanta Magazine) Wikipedia maintains a list of unsolved problems in physics. From that list I picked the ones I consider as key questions. In the second section I remind readers about more fundamental questions … Continue reading

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Nobel Prizes for Accelerator/Beam Physics

In the field of accelerator/beam physics and technology there have been many epoch-making innovations but unfortunately only very few of those were recognized with a Nobel Prize. When I go through the list of Nobel laureates I see only these physicists … Continue reading

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A guide to Richard Gauthier’s Electron Models

Richard Gauthier’s electron models deserve a serious look. I am in the process of studying them. I asked Richard few questions and he kindly answered them. His answers were very helpful to me and it may be helpful to others as … Continue reading

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Knowledgebase

My dream is to see the day when we have a world-wide-knowledgebase. The word “knowledgebase” is inspired by the word “database.” A knowledgebase, however, is supposed to be much more than a database. The entire internet (world-wide-web) can be thought of as a rudimentary … Continue reading

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Updates (November 2016)

Erik Verlinde’s latest paper on his effort to develop a new (emergent) theory of gravitation received a lot of attention in the media. This theory (still in its early stages) certainly deserves a careful look. ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ Steven Weinberg thinks that Quantum Mechanics … Continue reading

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L.V. Lorenz and H.A. Lorentz

J.D. Jackson passed away on May 20, 2016. His book “Classical Electrodynamics” is a classic textbook. Like all physicists of my generation I have spent hundreds of hours studying classical electrodynamics from his book. The paper by J.D. Jackson and L.B. … Continue reading

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Edward Witten’s 2014 Kyoto Prize commemorative lecture

Edward Witten has been one of the most respected physicists in the world for the last four decades. His contributions to physics and mathematics have been recognized by many awards and prizes. Edward Witten’s Kyoto Prize commemorative lecture is an important document. The … Continue reading

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Geometrical versus Topological

NYC geographical map shown below is an example of geometrical representation. The distances between the boroughs of NYC are proportional to the actual distances. NYC subway diagram shown below is an example of topological representation. On this topological map the distances between the boroughs … Continue reading

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Super performance of the Large Hadron Collider in 2016

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN concluded its 2016 proton-proton run.  Integrated luminosity delivered by the LHC this year was far above the expectation. The following graphs summarize the performance numbers. For a definition of (inverse femtobarn) see this blogpost.

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Fourth type of neutrino has never been observed

Image credit There are 3 types of neutrinos. 1) electron type 2) muon type 3) tau type.  A neutrino may change its type spontaneously. As they travel, they may change from one type to another. This is one of the great … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Raymond Bates on Panpsychism

Raymond Bates lives in the Philippines with his wife and two teenage children. He is the author of five books. “The Microvitic Atom“, “The Internal Being, Reincarnational and Intuitive Psychology“, “Macrogenesis, A New Paradigm in Consciousness“, “Biometaphysics, A theory of … Continue reading

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Few comments on Horgan’s bunk-bashing diatribe

Image credit John Horgan is an effective communicator. He has a provocative style. His writings always succeed in creating an emotional response. His books are fun to read because they are informative and controversial at the same time. He knows … Continue reading

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Roger Penrose’s latest book: Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy

I often say that my three heroes in physics are Albert Einstein, Gerard ‘t Hooft and Roger Penrose. I try to read all books written by Roger Penrose. His latest book is titled “Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics … Continue reading

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Atiyah lecture at 2016 Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Image credit Before you watch Atiyah’s wonderful lecture given at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum you should first read these two blogpost by Ben Orlin: 21 Essential Quotes from Sir Michael Atiyah interview (Quanta Magazine): Michael Atiyah’s Imaginative State of Mind … Continue reading

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Matthew Buckley’s particle physics tutorial articles at Boston Review

I highly recommend Matthew Buckley’s review articles at Boston Review. These are excellent tutorials. “This eight-part series maps the frontiers of contemporary particle physics. It begins with an introduction to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the seventeen-mile-long Large Hadron … Continue reading

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Epistemic uncertainty

Image credit Definitions/origins of the terms ontic/ontological and epistemic/epistemological from Susanne Bobzien: ontic: is concerned with being (Greek ‘to on’, that which is) ontological: is concerned with the theory of being (Greek ‘logos’,among other things: theory) epistemic: is concerned with knowledge … Continue reading

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CASW Showcase interview with Natalie Wolchover

Image credit Natalie Wolchover is my favorite science journalist. I have been enjoying her articles at the Quanta Magazine. She focuses on the developments in fundamental physics. She has recently won the 2016 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, a prize given annually … Continue reading

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bioRxiv: the preprint server for Biology

http://www.biorxiv.org/ Descriptions from the bioRxiv website below: bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”) is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. Articles … Continue reading

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Can astronauts see the stars by the naked eye in space?

If you do a little research on the web you will find that the majority of the so-called experts insist that stars are visible by the naked eye in space. What bothers me is that none of those “experts” are … Continue reading

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LMFDB: unifying the building blocks of mathematics

image credit: http://www.lmfdb.org The LMFDB is a new web resource developed by a large team of mathematicians around the world. The www.lmfdb.org describes LMFDB as the database of L-functions, modular forms, and related objects. L-functions are like the DNA of mathematics. The article … Continue reading

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Tanedo on the 17 MeV Anomaly in Beryllium Nuclear Decays

I have referred to Philip Tanedo* as a “rising star” in my 2015 blogpost titled “Physics Tutorials by Philip Tanedo.” In 2015 he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the UC Irvine physics department. His group at the UC Irvine (led by Jonathan … Continue reading

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A lot is happening

A lot is happening in my life, in the physics world, and in my home country Turkey. I watched in horror what happened in Turkey last month. I am very proud of my fellow Turkish countrymen. I admired their courage … Continue reading

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