Where Have We Gone Wrong?

Physics, as everybody knows, is very equation intensive. When people argue physics in the laboratory, in a university setting, or even on the internet, it is all about the equations, usually. Yet much of our modern astrophysics is based on a famous theory that, counter-intuitively, relies very heavily on non-mathematical thinking. I am convinced that […]

Free Excerpt from The Enlightening

I looked east to see mountain ranges, now clearly in view, and I realized that we were beginning to descend. By now, our ship was also in the shadow of the earth, as night fell completely on the landscape below. The patches of desert-like terrain were quickly rolling away to our west, and directly below […]

Space-time

A Caltech researcher has recently pointed out that Schrodinger’s Equation, which describes the wavelike nature of particles, and is therefore the foundational equation of quantum mechanics, is also very useful in describing the long-term evolution of large-scale astronomical structure of space-time.   Today, let’s conduct a little science thought experiment.  A typical scientific process might entail […]