The bogus “interpretations” of quantum mechanics

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

How to unify general relativity and quantum mechanics

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

Hyperlatives

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

Wolfram’s thoughts on physics

I just came across Stephen Wolfram's latest post. I suppose that everybody knows who this guy is. In my opinion, he definitely qualifies as a genius. I do not say that lightly: on the contrary, you might actually think from reading this blog that I tend to be worried, skeptical or even angry at physics, … Continue reading Wolfram’s thoughts on physics

Why don’t you tell us what you found?

One comment I received was: Dear Sir, Your posts are exactly like the hundreds of other crackpots on the web. A theory of physics must predict something, you are just babbling. Why don't you tell us what your big theory is instead of incoherent ramblings about the state of physics? Well, one way to share … Continue reading Why don’t you tell us what you found?

How do you recognize a "time"?

Trying to reformulate the question I had asked Lubos became a bit long-winded, so I made it a separate post Let's consider the much simpler problem of a photon travelling in the vacuum. It is legitimate to write an equation like to predict where the photon is, meaning that the distance measured from the starting … Continue reading How do you recognize a "time"?

Why do I believe that Laurent Nottale is a genius?

Laurent Nottale, a french astrophysicist, may not be widely recognized, and may even cause knee-jerk reactions from some. I personally believe that he qualifies as a genius in physics, and in the light of some recent reactions, I believe that it is necessary to explain why. It's not because he's been nice with me... First, … Continue reading Why do I believe that Laurent Nottale is a genius?