The Profound Potential of Elon Musk’s New Rocket
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Julian Barbour is the model for this issue’s theme. “The Country Gentleman of Physics” has written two books that reimagine nature’s laws, notably time, that have been called “masterpieces” by more conventional physicists. Although maybe no theoretical physicist should be called conventional. By nature their theories chart new skies. But Barbour is the quintessential outsider […]
The Country Gentleman of Physics
Physics:Julian Barbour’s ideas about time and the universe have always roamed free of academia.
The Largest Cells on Earth
Animals:Deep in the ocean abyss, xenophyophores are worlds unto themselves.
You Can’t Dissect a Virtual Cadaver
Education:What is lost when we lose in-person learning.
How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists
Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog. The universe bets on disorder. Imagine, for example, dropping a thimbleful of red dye into a swimming pool. All of those dye molecules are going to slowly spread throughout the water. Physicists quantify this tendency to spread by counting the number of possible ways the dye molecules […]
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