Friday, April 02, 2010

This and That


9 comments:

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Bee,

”Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, is announcing a new program, intended for PhD students in the Nordic and Baltic countries...”

Okay only the Nordic countries I understand yet adding in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the exclusion of the rest of the EU has me somewhat puzzled.

I really like your chocolate bunny cartoon, yet also for this time of year I’m reminded that to hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil can be seen as a top down process :-)

Best,

Phil

francisthemulenews said...

Sabine, congratulations for your recent paper S. Hossenfelder, "Bounds on an energy-dependent and observer-independent speed of light from violations of locality," Physical Review Letters, Accepted Wednesday Mar 17, 2010, commented by Adrian Cho, "Physics: Thought Experiment Torpedoes Variable-Speed-of-Light Theories," News of the Week, Science 328: 27, 2 April 2010.

Are you preparing a post about such a paper?

Bee said...

Francis:

Thanks :-) We already discussed that paper here. The PRL is a shortened version of the arXiv paper. Best,

B.

Bee said...

Phil: It's to support the infrastructure. The idea is to offer students in smaller, more isolated, places the opportunity for interaction. The issue isn't as pressing in countries where the density of physicists is higher. Best,

B.

Phil Warnell said...
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Phil Warnell said...

Hi Bee,


Thanks for that explanation, as it now makes sense as it being more of act of charity and compassion. Of course you realize there are others that might find this as a means to widen more specific influence and alliance beyond current boarders which could be considered as a divisive mechanism as opposed to a broader inclusive one. However, from what I’ve read Estonia and Latvia share common origins with the Finns, so I see it as perhaps also serving as a more comfortable environment culturally. Still though as physicists are perceived so often toady as being on the intellectual fore front, it would make more sense to have them more challenged as opposed to being concerned with their comfort level. Then again there is something to be said for taking baby steps before the larger leaps. Yet it does appear to me that this trial by fire approach has served well in tempering and forging the metal of one of the authours of this blog :-)

Best,

Phil

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Bee,

Rather than have yet another eraser I will simply apologize for mistakenly saying physicists are “perceived so often toady” instead of it correctly being “today”. I can assure you it is a consequence dextral failing as opposed to being a Freudian slip :-)

Best,

Phil

Neil B said...

Hey, I'm so glad to see that some of us appreciate that a "thought experiment" can torpedo some concept - some out there aren't real impressed with TEs and think only real experiments matter.

PS, since a sort of open thread you folks might appreciate these stunning close-up photos of insects covered in dew drops:
Daily Mail

Arun said...

In a this-and-that thread, maybe this is ok
http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/0,39029552,49305387,00.htm

Of course, it was published on April 1.

"A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world."