sometimes asked why I like physics. I guess it sounds like a nerdy
thing to be into but there is a beauty to the universe that I canít help
but think about all the time. Philosophy and physics frequently
come up in the same context. I like to think that physics holds
the true answer to all of lifeís questions but Iím frequently reminded
in my studies that there are real boundaries between what is understood
about the physical world, what the possibilities are and what
conclusions can be drawn from it all. The reality of the world we
live in is truly mysterious and in my mind it would be a sad day indeed
if all those details were understood "in toto". There's something
romantic and thought provoking about the exploration of the unknown.
When I was a
sophomore in college I'd decided to study computer science and as a
result I ended up taking more math than I thought I'd ever have to think
about. To my surprise it wasn't impossible to learn and through
sheer repetition I found that it had real-life, tangible meaning when
applied to physics. I never took a physics class in college but
found a copy of Einstein's 1905 paper called
On the Electro Dynamics of Moving Bodies. I could not understand a
single concept in that paper but later when I took calculus some of the
problems were concerning the mathematics of motion and that gave me the
life-long passion for studying those concepts that I could not
understand. It's a gradual process and knowledge is fleeting.
The more you mull the ideas over in your mind the more you understand.
If you stop thinking of it, you slowly lose the knowledge you've gained.
Ireckonits the same in all disciplines of thought. Do not be
discouraged by the things you do not understand. To paraphrase
Feynman, everything that is Writeable-Downable is understandable.
Iím definitely no physicist. At best Iím a physics historian
because I do no work to advance physics on my own. Iím content to
read and try to understand what is already known. The field is
complex and I keep working on it when I can find the time. I
figure Iím no more than 75 years behind. Its difficult to make
progress because I donít get to hang around and converse with physics
dudes. I hang around and talk to computer dudes and none of them
are interested in physics. If you happen to stumble upon this
website and have a true knowledge of the subject of physics, I would
love to receive comments concerning anything that Iím blatantly wrong
about. I want the knowledge and I want to help others understand.
It does nobody good if Iím writing bullshit thatís simply not correct.
Science's 10 Most Beautiful Experiments
Rudiments of Quantum Theory
This is a pretty interesting thing about a lawsuit by
some people that are concerned that the new particle collider at CERN is
going to destroy the earth. haha
This is an absolutely cool animated video about the famous double-slit
experiment in physics. This illustrates the bizarre things we see
in quantum physics:
(Color?) This site has so many names.
Lots of research possibilities.
Time Line Through 1799
Time Line Through 1899
Time Line Through 1949
Time Line Through 2000
... aw damn. What's been happening since then?
Artificial event horizon
Some interesting physics
An interesting person this is dude.
Protagoras Seems to be thinking
appropriately about real life. 1)Surely Man is the measure of all
things. If ya take it literally which he most surely meant, it would
freak me out to make any sort of nuance-type of observation of non-human
measuring. Sometimes you think you see it but then it turns out
that a 6-sided honeybee comb is a happenstance occurrence because 6 same
sized circles fit PERFECTLY around another circle of the same size.
They simply have to make all their circles the same size. Those
bugs can count their chomps! That's
pretty miraculous but most people just don't notice. Perhaps they
expel the same volume with each chomp. 2) I can sometimes make
something sound better than it really is; usually when I'm trying to
explain MY point of view. 3) Hard to argue that one.
Literally! I could get in bad trouble there. I have my
beliefs. Its a combination of everyone of you that I've talked to
in my life. So don't look at me for answers on that.
Here's an interesting story about scientist imaging electrons for the
An article about the new particle accelerator that's
under construction at CERN.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Aristotle: It is the nature of chickens to cross roads.
Isaac Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest, chickens in
motion tend to cross roads.
Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road
moved beneath the chicken depends on your frame of reference.
Werner Heisenberg: We are not sure which side of the road the
chicken was on, but it was moving very fast.
Wolfgang Pauli: There already was a chicken on this side of the