Relativity Archive

Professor Brian Cox on Meaning in a Human Universe

Do humans represent an isolated island of meaning in a meaningless universe? Professor Brian Cox explores this in his new BBC series, Human Universe.

3 for Thursday: 3 MinutePhysics Episodes on the Big Bang

Remember that recent discovery of the primordial B-mode polarization in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) by BICEP2 a couple weeks back? Remember how it helped to verify both Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the inflationary model of the universe’s expansion after the Big Bang? No? Maybe? Isn’t the Big Bang Theory a TV show?

3 for Thursday: 3 Ways To Time Travel

For this week's 3 for Thursday, MinutePhysics looks at three simple ways to time travel (that you're already doing) and three complicated theoretical ones.

Book Review: In Pursuit of the Unknown

A2 + B2 = C2 and E = mc2 and these = more than you think. So is the premise behind In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World, which aims to bring the mystifying world of mathematics into the world the knowns.

Book Review: This Explains Everything

This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works John Brockman (Editor) Harper Perennial, 2013 432 pages (Kindle edition) Available Amazon Powell’s I love discovering powerful theories that explode my perception of the world, and if you’re like me, This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the

3 for Thursday: 3 Minutephysics on Light

One of my favorite subscriptions on YouTube is MinutePhysics. Each video is an infusion of physics and short bursts of animation; it’s entertaining. Interested in learning about Einstein, neutrinos, or the Higgs Boson, but don’t have the time to do a lot of reading, this is one subscription you never want to miss. Below

3 for Thursday: 3 Ways Einstein is Practical

Last year, when scientists believed they may have found faster than light neutrinos, everyone wondered if the foundation of physics was about to be upturned. Were we going to have to re-write the user’s manual for the universe? Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus were ablaze with likes, shares, re-tweets of hastily released news articles
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