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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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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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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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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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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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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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How long astronauts stayed on the moon?

Image credit I have watched the documentary titled “The Last Man on the Moon” which is a documentary about the life of the astronaut Eugene A. Cernan. I did not know that Gene Cernan and the geologist astronaut Harrison H. … Continue reading

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Pioneers of Microvita Research (3): Hans-Joachim Rudolph

Hans-Joachim Rudolph was born in 1950. He was interested in contemplative and scientific thinking from an early age. He was educated in Würzburg, Göttingen, Berlin and Munich studying the basics of philosophy, mathematics, physics and the history of arts before joining medical college. … Continue reading

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Pioneers of Microvita Research (2): Frank van den Bovenkamp

Frank van den Bovenkamp was born and lives in the Netherlands. His research covers a wide range from psycho-physiology to physics. He is one of the pioneers in microvita research specializing in microvita cosmology. He is best known for his wave … Continue reading

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EDGE 2016 question and 198 responses by the invited contributors

Nicholas Humphrey Edge-Serpentine Gallery-MAPS for the 21st Century ************************************************** The EDGE 2016 question: What do you consider the most interesting recent [scientific] news? What makes it important? You can find the 198 responses by the invited contributors at the following url: … Continue reading

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A short comment on Reichenbach’s Principle of Common Cause

When I came across this principle in Mark Alford’s tutorial paper on Bell Inequality I was intrigued: Reichenbach’s principle of common cause [1]: correlations can be explained in terms of causes. if two phenomena show a correlation, either one causes … Continue reading

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Sad state of physics education in Turkey

I am very sad to report that only 16 Turkish universities have physics undergraduate programs. There are currently 193 universities in Turkey. At least 50 of them had undergraduate physics programs until recently. The Council of Higher Education of Turkey (Turkish … Continue reading

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Orthogonality is harder to achieve as the number of explanatory factors increases

One of my favorite posts is “New Perspective on Unification” where I discuss the “horizontal” and “vertical” attributes.  Horizontal attributes are associated with collectivity and multiplicity. Vertical attributes are about individuality, individual histories and individual characteristics. In that post I also … Continue reading

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The Crackpot Index versus the Anti-Crackpot Index

People with new ideas are often attacked by the people who are invested in the old ideas. Sometimes it is an ego thing. Intellectuals attack an idea just because it is not their idea. This goes on at all levels … Continue reading

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Grand landscape of the arXiv

The arXiv.org is a highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles. Covered areas include physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology and statistics. The arXiv is maintained and operated by the Cornell University Library. The arXiv.org was started by Paul Ginsparg in 1991. More than 8000 … Continue reading

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Aziz Sancar: the first Turkish scientist to win a Nobel Prize

Today, the Nobel Foundation announced that Aziz Sancar shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Tomas Lindahl and Paul Modrich.  Sancar was recognized for his work on DNA repair. My heartfelt congratulations to Aziz Sancar! Author Orhan Pamuk received the Nobel … Continue reading

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Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

I wrote about the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in a post titled “Piet Hut the Hero Physicist.” In that piece I mentioned that many legendary mathematicians and physicists worked at the IAS. Gödel, Einstein and Weyl were faculty members at … Continue reading

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Art and Science for Service and Beatitude

Image credit It has been a while since I used the slogan “Art and Science for Service and Beatitude.” I was very fond of this slogan in my younger days. I love the word “beatitude” which may have Christian connotations … Continue reading

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Statistics for Physics PhDs conferred in the US

References https://www.aip.org/sites/default/files/statistics/graduate/graddegrees-p-08.pdf https://www.aip.org/sites/default/files/statistics/employment/phdinitemp-p-12.pdf  

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Simulating the Simulator

Image credit Throughout my career both as a physicist and as a quant in the business world I have built simulators. Like most other simulation experts I first develop a mathematical model and then implement the model as a computer program. The term … Continue reading

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On this day of Ananda Purnima wishing all scientists more intuition

Image credit While watching the full moon and remembering Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on this happy night of Ananda Purnima I was also reading John Horgan’s interview with legendary physicist Steven Weinberg who has been a vocal defender of atheism. After … Continue reading

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Natalie Wolchover at Quanta

Natalie Wolchover is a staff writer at Quanta Magazine covering the physical sciences. Previously, she wrote for LiveScience, Popular Science, Seed, Make magazine and other publications. She has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Tufts University, studied graduate-level physics at … Continue reading

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On multiple perspectives

I keep saying that science will provide infinite number of perspectives on Reality and there will never be a single unified theory of the universe. Why? Why multiple perspectives? Because science limits itself to the physical realm. It is impossible to … Continue reading

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Is quantum state an attribute or dimension?

I think that a quantum state is a dimension. After measurement (wavefunction collapse) the eigenvalue (the specific value obtained by the measurement) is an attribute. I have a tutorial titled “What is dimension?” but I have not written much about the … Continue reading

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Simple, explanatory, predictive

That’s how the scientific theories should be: simple, explanatory, predictive. Paul Steinhardt expressed it in these terms in an interview with John Horgan recently. Peter Woit reported it and I wanted to report it here as well. I could not … Continue reading

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Bayesian probability and statistics: resources

Prediction is very hard. We have no choice but to use the past events to make a prediction about the future events. If you can detect a trend or cycle then the job gets easier but sometimes there is neither … Continue reading

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Science and Engineering PhD Feeder Schools

National Science Foundation (NSF) keeps statistics on Science and Engineering (S&E) PhDs. In the list below the University of California-Berkeley and Cornell University stand out. These two schools produce the highest number of baccalaureate graduates who go on to receive a PhD … Continue reading

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More than 8000 scientific papers are submitted to arXiv each month

The numbers I show below are very encouraging. It is great to see that the number of scientific papers is growing exponentially. On the other hand this is also a reality check for the ambitious ego-driven young scientists out there. … Continue reading

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The 265’th birthday of Goethe

              Today (August 28, 2014) is Goethe’s 265’th birthday. He was a poet, writer, philosopher, scientist, and a statesmen. His ideas and words still resonate with us. When I was 10 years old, my … Continue reading

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Average citations per article for different disciplines

The chart [1] below shows the average number of citations a typical paper gets over many years. These numbers are averages over many papers and many years. Some papers get thousands of citations and others get no citations. The distribution … Continue reading

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On the photon frequency

Image credit We know photons exist. We also know how to manipulate photons collectively. Our technology has now advanced to the level where we can even manipulate the individual photons. But, if you ask me “what is a photon?” I … Continue reading

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My Response to Hut-Alford-Tegmark

This is the 3rd installment of a 3 part series. The first two were: Piet Hut the Hero Physicist Hut-Alford-Tegmark Debate on Math, Matter and Mind In this piece I will comment on the Hut-Alford-Tegmark debate. For their debate Hut-Alford-Tegmark used a … Continue reading

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Hut-Alford-Tegmark Debate on Math, Matter and Mind

This is a follow-up article on “Piet Hut the Hero Physicist” where I mentioned Hut’s interesting paper titled “On Math, Matter and Mind” [2]. I will provide an introduction to his paper here. You can read my comments on that … Continue reading

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Piet Hut the Hero Physicist

This is the first installment of a 3 part series. This post was followed by “Hut-Alford-Tegmark Debate on Math, Matter and Mind” and “My Response to Hut-Alford-Tegmark.” This is also the 3rd installment of  “the physicist” series. The first two … Continue reading

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Angle

An angle is always defined by 2 numbers Typically those 2 numbers are related to 2 line segments that have a common end point. The coordinate system or the nature of the space in which these line segments are embedded … Continue reading

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Difference between sidereal day and solar day on Earth

An Earth day can be measured in different ways. Measure the time it takes for a complete rotation of Earth around its axis. Measure the time it takes for the Sun to appear in the same meridian in the sky. … Continue reading

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Inference and Propensity

Dictionary definitions: Propensity: an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way. Inference: a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning. In the context of spiritual philosophy: propensity: a causal factor influencing an individual entity inference: … Continue reading

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Stephen Wolfram on Richard Feynman

There is a gem of an article by Stephen Wolfram titled “A Short Talk About Richard Feynman.” I found these comments from that article very interesting: “I think Feynman—at least in the years I knew him—was much more driven by … Continue reading

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H-index

An academic friend of mine mentioned that his H-index was 12. He is a professor of medicine at a major university in Turkey. He was very proud of this accomplishment. I have been away from academia for a long time … Continue reading

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Cittanu

What is subtler than Higgs field? Is there anything subtler than space-time? In String/M theories they sometimes talk about branes. They talk about the bulk concept as well. There is no spelling mistake here. Yes, you have read it right. … Continue reading

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Force/Consciousness; Midichlorians/Microvita; Jedi/Sadvipra

This article is not about Microvita. I am not ready to write about Microvita yet. It is a huge subject. I don’t know where to start. Consciousness is huge subject too but I have been writing about Consciousness. You may … Continue reading

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Light reflecting off water is polarized

The glare which is due to the polarization of the reflected light by nonmetallic surfaces bothers people but sometimes it turns into a blissful vision. Image credit: unpolarized light bouncing off the surface of water becoming horizontally polarized. I enjoyed … Continue reading

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Difference between correlation and causation

This is the first article in my “causality” series. Please see the index for a list of the other posts in this series. In my day job I deal with probability and statistics. I use words like correlation, standard error … Continue reading

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Live map of the winds across the Earth

The live map of the winds across the Earth Once the image comes up you can rotate the Earth image using your mouse (click on the image and move the mouse while pressing the mouse button) and see the green … Continue reading

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Edge Organization’s Annual Questions and the Responses by the Leading Intellectuals

Edge.org is an online forum bringing together the intellectuals and scientists from different fields. I enjoy their annual questions and the responses by the leading intellectuals. Here’s the links to the responses. The year and the question is in the … Continue reading

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Quanta Magazine (Simons Foundation)

The Quanta Magazine is a new scientific magazine published online by an editorially independent division of the Simons Foundation. You can reach the magazine at:  https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/ “Quanta Magazine is an online publication whose mission is to enhance public understanding of … Continue reading

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Those who walk in darkness shall see a great light

I wanted to share Barbara Cannon’s opening remarks at the Nobel ceremonies. This is one of the most eloquent speeches I have ever heard. She quoted Prophet Isaiah who said “those who walk in darkness shall see a great light.” … Continue reading

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Electronic Edition of the Works of P.R.Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti)

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (May 21, 1921 – October 21, 1990), also known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was one of the highest expressions of Universal Teacher in human history. He was the founder of Ananda Marga. He was … Continue reading

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Relativistic Shock

Shock wave is a strong pressure wave in any medium produced by explosive phenomena that create violent changes in pressure. Explosion of dying stars and many other astrophysical phenomena create shock waves. There is an excellent explanation of supersonic shock … Continue reading

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QM wavefunction and its many interpretations

Mathematical formalism known as Quantum Mechanics (QM) describes the outcomes of measurements performed with elementary particles when they interact with each other or external fields. Measurement is the key concept in QM. Measurement is like taking a snapshot of the … Continue reading

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Blessed are those who illuminate the darkness by their thoughts and ideas

The title of this post comes from Haji Bektash Veli. He also said “Science illuminates the paths of truth.” He lived in the 13th century. I remembered his famous sayings this morning when I heard the news that the Nobel … Continue reading

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Difference between pseudoscience, metaphysics, spiritual philosophy and science

Science is good, metaphysics is good, spiritual philosophy is great but pseudoscience is bad. This is my position. If you ask scientists they would say “science is good, metaphysics is bad, and pseudoscience is very bad.” Scientists would not differentiate … Continue reading

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Narcissistic Mystic against Scientific Materialism

Popular media is under the impression that physicists are becoming more open-minded about the mysteries of the universe and the dominance of the “scientific materialism” – most dogmatic form of materialism – is waning. My observation is quite the opposite. … Continue reading

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Amos Tversky and the Prospect Theory

Amos Tversky (1937-1996), Davis Brack Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and one of the world’s most respected and influential psychologists died June 2, 1996, of metastatic melanoma, at the age of 59. Amos Tversky was going to share the … Continue reading

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Anatolian School in the Philosophy of Science

There is an ancient tradition of Natural Philosophy in Anatolia. This tradition goes back 2600 years to Thales of Miletus (image on the left) and Anaximander of Miletus. In the 20′th century the ancient tradition transformed itself into Philosophy of … Continue reading

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PhilSci Archive

The PhilSci Archive is an electronic archive for papers in Philosophy of Science. It serves a similar purpose as the arXiv which is much broader in scope. The PhilSci Archive is as important as the SEP (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). You … Continue reading

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Mystery

The most powerful force in the universe is the attraction of a mystery. We fear the unknown but we are attracted to it.  The powerful attraction of the hidden truth is irresistible. We cannot accept the possibility of a random … Continue reading

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Sensitive subject among scientists: new mega prizes

Last year several new science prizes were launched. The monetary awards are much bigger than the Nobel Prize. Zeeya Merali wrote an interesting article about this in the Nature journal. http://www.nature.com/news/science-prizes-the-new-nobels-1.13168 This is a sensitive subject among the scientists because … Continue reading

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Past is a particle, future is a wave

I am reading John D. Barrow’s book “the Book of Universes.” This is one of the best books I have read in recent years. This is a very readable book. There are human stories in it too. Cosmologists are very … Continue reading

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Coupling between past and future

Prediction is the hardest intellectual problem. It seems that we need to know everything about the Cosmos to predict the future accurately. I am not sure that even omniscience is enough because there is an intrinsic uncertainty in the Cosmos. … Continue reading

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Nonlocal Correlations in Quantum Mechanics

I hope to write more on this subject in the future. I posted this on the Knol platform originally. Knol does not exist anymore but this one deserves to be read I thought. The article by Nicholas Gisin titled “Quantum … Continue reading

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Mars Curiosity

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ I watched a documentary on NASA’s Curiosity rover with teary eyes. It may be surprising for non-scientists to hear that scientists can be so emotional over a technical and scientific matter! My tears were the tears of happiness because … Continue reading

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Ontology of Energy

Time has come for a discussion of the ontology of energy. Let’s discuss it without academic pretense and dogmatism. I will start by mentioning the views of a well-known philosopher and a physicist I respect. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti’s views on … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Memory

When I was a teenager I dreamed of inventing a device that would record our thoughts. Recording the memory portion of the thought was a big part of that invention. In those days technology was primitive. Now, there are a … Continue reading

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New Perspective on Unification

Please read this as an outline of a research program. This is a rough sketch of what I want to write about in the future. Unification is not about nature Unification is not about nature. Nature is unified anyway. Unification … Continue reading

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Divine Time, Causal Time, Physical Time

Discussion of time will never end. We will never exhaust this subject. My short review today was inspired by a dear friend who has been thinking deeply on the subject of time and asking me difficult questions. I cannot answer … Continue reading

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Hiding the Time Dimension

I am posting this in the early minutes of December 21, 2012 in the NY/NJ area. Everyone has been talking about the cycles: Earth cycles, solar cycles and the galactic cycles. On this first day of the new age I … Continue reading

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Phase enables relativity

Physicists are experts at assigning new meanings to the terms established in common language. I mentioned the term “dual” or “duality” before. In common language dual means two. In physics dual means equivalent. Physicists use the word “phase” in different … Continue reading

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Textual Analysis and Psychological Dictionaries

It is becoming common these days for researchers to comb through and process large data sets such as tweets and other web based data. The purpose of such research is to determine the general mood of the society. Researchers are … Continue reading

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No Thermal Death for the Universe

In 2011 the Nobel Prize in physics was shared by Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae.” Prior to their research we knew … Continue reading

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Not all scientists are atheists

Huffpost Science (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/science/) is doing an excellent job. I congratulate their editors. Their news articles are very informative and readable. But, I have mixed feelings about their blog entries. Huffpost Science editors are very smart. They know how to maximize … Continue reading

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Fundamental Physics Prize

The Milner Foundation announced the Fundamental Physics Prize today. This is a US$3 million prize. It is almost 3 times bigger than the Nobel Prize in terms of money. Monetary value of Nobel Prize is US$1.1 million. The Nobel Prize … Continue reading

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Essays by Suresh Emre

A new synthesis of Spiritual Philosophy is presented in Definitions and Summary of Soul Monism I volunteer for the Renaissance Universal (RU) movement. A Vision for a Universal Renaissance. The complete list of my articles is given in https://sureshemre.wordpress.com/index/  

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Anaximander of Miletus

Anaximander (ca.610 BC – ca.546 BC) was a philosopher who lived in Miletus, a city of Ionia in Asia Minor (Anatolia). He was a student of Thales. He succeeded Thales and became the teacher of Anaximenes and Pythagoras. He made … Continue reading

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Thales of Miletus

Thales of Miletus (ca.624 BC – ca.546 BC), was a philosopher from Miletus in Asia Minor (Anatolia). Physicists consider him as the first physicist in history. His writings did not survive. The major source for Thales’ philosophy and science is Aristotle. … Continue reading

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Concept of Time: Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

“Time is not an eternal factor. Because what is time? It is mental reckoning of the motivity of action. This mental reckoning of the motivity of action [means that] where there is no action, there cannot be any time.” [1] … Continue reading

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A Commentary on “Vibration, Form and Colour”

In his discourse titled “Vibration, Form and Colour” [1], Shrii Shrii Anandamurti reminded us the following facts: Each “vibration” has “form” Each “form” has “colour” Therefore, each “vibration” must have “colour” as well. What is vibration? Shrii Shrii Anandamurti tells … Continue reading

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Key Questions of Particle Physics

Are there undiscovered principles of nature: new symmetries, new physical laws? How can we solve the mystery of dark energy? Dark energy that permeates empty space must have a quantum explanation. Is it related to the Higgs field? Are there … Continue reading

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Elementary Particle Facts

Please contact sureshemre at gmail for corrections or suggestions. Every spin=1/2 or spin=1 particle type has an anti-particle type. In some cases (photon for example) particle and it’s anti-particle are the same. If the particle has electric charge then its … Continue reading

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Gravity binds us

We know how strong gravity is. Humans built powerful rockets to escape gravity. If gravity was weak we would not have to build such powerful rockets. Black holes are formed when massive stars collapse under their own weight. If gravity … Continue reading

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