Monthly Archives: December 2011

Merry Newtonmass!

Today, we celebrate the birth of a man who has impacted the history of the world to a degree which few can match. I speak of course of Sir Isaac Newton, the father of physics. He was born on December … Continue reading

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Flogging Infinity

(Warning: Much of this was written in a cloud of decongestants. If there are any errors, well, you know why….) Infinity can be a slippery concept, and it causes no end of woes to mathematicians. But, over the years, they … Continue reading

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New Research Casts Doubt Upon “Dark Flow” Phenomenon

There is no need for me to summarize, as WIRED has already done a nice job of that. The arXiv preprint is here.

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Top 10 breakthroughs for 2011

Physics World has posted an article listing the top 10 physics breakthroughs of 2010. It is a good article, providing a nice overview of each one. One thing is missing though: links to the original papers. Here is my effort … Continue reading

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Stern’s Cigar

I love encountering behind the scenes stories of historic breakthroughs. A big tip o’ the hat to Sabine Hossenfelder at the BackRe(Action) blog for pointing out this tale of the Stern-Gerlach experiment: After venting to release the vacuum, Gerlach removed … Continue reading

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Preliminary Higgs Results Are In (Was: Higgs Rumor Roundup)

I’ve changed the title since subsequent updates have morphed this into an entirely new post. Here is what I wrote yesterday: CERN officials are of course being tight-lipped about the content of tomorrow’s announcement of the full combined CMS/Atlas dataset … Continue reading

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