Today is a “big post” which ties together some of my recent posting activity; we tackle consciousness, how that impacts our window on the universe and the fuzzy reality before us. These are by no means discrete topics; as I hope you will appreciate as the thoughts develop.
Mathematics is the unspoken language of nature, in which we must strive to achieve fluency if we are to bask in the richness of the universe in which we are marooned.
A complex system is one in which large networks of components with no central control give rise to collective behaviour. Analysis of this behaviour provides an understanding of the emergent phenomena of the system.
Schrödinger’s cat walks into a bar. And doesn’t.
There may be more than one way to skin a cat; but why are we skinning cats at all?
The multiverse – a key ingredient to many a sci-fi film, however the topic has now become a fairly serious area of thought in theoretical physics. The universe we know and live in is characterised by key fundamental constants which are thought to be the same thorough-out.
Zeno’s paradoxes; a paradox much older than Christ which the ancients loved to muse on. Intuition and logic at odds; but how do you resolve this mystery? Snared in the logic trap.
The theory of Special Relativity was introduced by Einstein in 1905 brought about a wide range of insights into the nature of reality including length contraction, time dilation, a universal speed limit of the speed of light and the relativity of simultaneity. It is the latter that shall interest us today.
How have we come to live in a world where spending on defence often outstrips science? If my study of history has taught me one thing it is that a solid defence against the future is a deep investment in science.
This week I have had the privilege to attend the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. This is by far the biggest annual meeting of all those involved in the Space Industry, with attendance from all the major Space Agencies across the world. Now, the most anticipated talk of the week was Elon Musk’s from SpaceX and his vision to
Manifolds are a wonderful embodiment of how a mathematical construct can reveal so much about the world around us.