I've not written on this blog for a long time. A talk in Mouans-Sartoux yesterday prompted me to write this rant about what I will (demonstrably) call bogus interpretations of quantum mechanics. Specifically the "dead and alive cat" myth. Schrödinger's cat One of the most iconic thought experiments used to explain quantum mechanics is called Schrödinger's … Continue reading The bogus “interpretations” of quantum mechanics
I have already discussed earlier why we need to go into deep space if we want to have a future as a specie. But the problem is how to do it? Until now, this was considered impossible. A first theoretical step had been made, with the Alcubierre drive, an interesting solution to the equations of general … Continue reading Going to deep space, now theoretically possible?
Unifying quantum mechanics and general relativity has been a problem for decades. I believe that I have cracked that nut. Special relativity: Philosophical principle: Laws of physics should not depend on observer's speed. Math: Lorentz transform, new way to "add" speeds. Issues it solved: Maxwell's equations predict a value for the speed of light that … Continue reading How to unify general relativity and quantum mechanics
No little thing is to small for grandiose words chiseled by some marketing war machine. Seen on a Lampe Berger anti-mosquito product this morning: Parfum "Absolu de vanille" Vanilla Gourmet Scent Not only is this ridiculously hyperlative, but they also have a different "tint" for the Engish and French version. English reader will notice that … Continue reading Hyperlatives
Here is a random thought... What if dark matter was a sign of intelligent extra-terrestrial life? The idea is simply that a Type III civilization on the Kardashev scale would control the flows of energy escaping their galaxy. Many solar systems (the inhabitable or useful ones) would end up with mechanisms such as Dyson spheres, … Continue reading Dark matter as a proof of E.T. intelligence?
Today, my 16-year old son asked me what dark matter was. I was surprised that he would even have heard about dark matter, but it turns out that even junior science magazines talk about the search for dark matter these days. I must say that I'm not too happy about that. The junior science article, … Continue reading Dark matter, the modern aether
Every single blog or web site that vaguely talks about physics is going to tell you about the LHC today... And nobody else has found the Higgs Boson yet... As Bee noticed, this has some people frightened. There is no reason to worry, most physicists would tell you, the LHC is orders of magnitude to … Continue reading It’s alive!