A post explaining the fuzzball, believed by string theorists to be the true quantum description of a black hole. The theory seeks to resolve the famous information paradox and eliminate the existence of troublesome singularities at the centre of black holes.
How quantum fluctuations in the early universe acted as seeds of structure and eventually led to the formation of the galaxies that we see today.
Contains fairly complex ideas and references to previous posts.
A brief introduction to the weird world of quantum computing. Learn how a small number of quibits can quickly transform into something wonderfully complex.
A brief introduction to the increasingly important world of neutrino physics. The little stuff is shy, mysterious but fundamentally the material from which reality is constructed. Shall we?
In this post we consider the details of light, particularly the path it takes from A to B. Elementary science tells us this should be a straight line, so this should be a short article?
A longer discursive post, highlighting one of the strangest features of quantum mechanics – quantum entanglement. No mathematical ability is required, with only a little simple probability.
This post is written due as a follow up to my fleeting mention of symmetry breaking in my last post. Symmetry is very simple when spoken of with regard to […]
On 14 March 2013, CERN announced the discovery of a particle with the qualities theorized by Peter Higgs (above) in the 1960s. The discovery of the Higgs boson was arguably one of the most significant experimental results in the history of particle physics, confirming why certain particles have mass and others do not.
The idea of reality only existing when observed has been discussed heavily – but should the reality humans know be dependent on us logging it? We investigate what the world really looks like behind your back.
I was asked a question about electron orbitals via an email the other day – which basically asked do electrons orbit the atom or not? It is an interesting question […]