Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Truth and Consequences

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
- Herbert Agar

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Loving Warriors We Are

"Some people mistake being loving for being a sap. Quite the contrary, the most loving people are often the most fierce and the most acutely armed for battle... for they care about preserving and protecting poetry, symphonic song, ideas, the elements, creatures, inventions, hopes and dreams, dances and holiness... those goodly endeavors that cannot be allowed to perish from this earth, else humanity itself would perish..."
- Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs, from The Dangerous Old Woman

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Relativity is Very Special

I have a love/hate relationship with fysiks (aka physics), that other 'f' word.

I'm a 'conceptual physics lover', 'calculated fysiks hater'. I read 'Physics for Biologists' and the 'Tao of Physics'. But I hated my physics text book.

Physicists are obsessed for finding the 'Theory of Everything'. As if there was 'one' theory for anything. To me, physics is modeling for probabilities. Not to be confused with 'anything is possible.' But probabilities are what reality is made of, each having a different weight. Many theories in physics can be modeled by mathematics but not tested in the 'real world'. Nevertheless, sometimes that's all we have.

I have followed with the interest, curiosity and amusement of a physics novice the rapidly changinng theories of late: string, relativity, origins of the universe (and it's many components), and Farscape. Okay, the latter is more for entertainment.

So now we have physicists challenging Einstien's special theory of relativity with.........
very special theory of relativity [1].

Is it clear in color? Does it require a helmet? I bet it rides a magic bus.

Time for all us Observers to get on our Neutrinos and ride!

[1] Article in New Scientist (Jan. 20, 2007; vol. 193, No. 2587).
Letter by Andrew Cohen in Physical Review Letters (97, 021601; 2006).