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EINSTEIN’S OFFICE: GENIUS IN THE DETAILS

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 25, 2012

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‘Scientists understand only 4% of universe’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2012

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Why Scientists Are Smarter Than Politicians

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 28, 2011

By JEFFREY KLUGER

One of the best things about being an artist is that nobody can tell you you’re doing things wrong. There’s no true or false

Physicist Lisa Randall receives an honorary doctorate degree in Science during the 243rd Brown University Commencement Exercises in Providence, Rhode Island May 29, 2011 Adam Hunger / Reuters

in a Picasso painting, no yes or no in a Mahler composition. That, of course, is how it should be.

The opposite is true for science — and that’s how it should be too. The scientific method is defined by the search for the irreducible truth. The riddle of a disease isn’t solved till you’ve isolated the virus; no particle is fully understood till it’s been successfully smashed. It’s not for nothing that recent news of a neutrino that may have traveled .0025% faster than light is causing such a stir. If that vanishingly tiny anomaly can’t be resolved and disproven, a century of physics could collapse.(Read about how new research could turn physics on its head.)

But the stone walls between art and science aren’t nearly as thick as they seem; indeed, in some ways they’re entirely permeable. That’s a lesson we badly need to learn if we’re going to make sound policy decisions in an era in which science and politics seem increasingly at odds.

In the Oct. 3 issue of Time, theoretical physicist Lisa Randall of Harvard University made a plea for greater deference to reason in the still-young but already-ugly 2012 presidential campaign. Randall lamented “the fundamental disregard for rational and scientific thinking” in a political culture in which Texas governor Rick Perry can dismiss evolution as “merely a theory that’s out there,” and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann can traffic in poppycock about the HPV vaccine causing mental retardation.

Randall’s new book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, takes the case one intriguing step further. The book explores some of the biggest ideas in contemporary physics and how they undergird such everyday matters as risk assessment, logic and even our understanding of beauty. But it’s in her chapter on creativity — not a quality always associated with the data-crunching business of science — that she makes her most compelling case against the willful know-nothingism that plagues public debate.(Read about why Michele Bachmann is a real GOP contender.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Einstein’s Universe: the scientist, the man, the musician

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 11, 2010


Albert Einstein was the kind of physicist that you don’t really find anymore – making so many remarkable contributions to so many different areas of physics.

But in addition to his scientific achievements, a lot is made about Einstein’s colourful personal life, not least his lifelong passion for music.

Sharing this passion is particle physicist Brian Foster of the University of Oxford who has teamed up with the British musician Jack Liebeck to create a special show about Einstein. Currently touring the UK, “Einstein’s Universe” involves a special lecture, interspersed with classical music, which explores Einstein’s legacy to physics and the role music played in his life.

In this exclusive video report for physicsworld.com, I caught up with the pair on the day of a recent performance at St George’s concert hall in Bristol, UK. Read the rest of this entry »

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