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What should a physics major know?

It’s summer. In academia, it’s a time to get some real research done, take a little R&R with ones family, perhaps wait in breathless anticipation of the paperback release of ones book, and most relevant to today’s discussion, to think … Continue reading

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What is the biggest problem in physics?

I like to be reasonably forthcoming both here and in my “Ask a Physicist” columns at io9 about what we do and don’t know about the world. As successful as physics (and in particular, the idea of symmetry) has been … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics

The winners of 2011 Nobel prize in Physics have been announced. “For the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae” one half does to Saul Perlmutter of the Supernova Cosmology Project and the other … Continue reading

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Physics problems and Engineering problems

It’s been quite a while since my last post, and I feel almost guilty that the top couple of entries (and the first things that someone coming to the page for the first time would encounter) are ridiculously technical. So … Continue reading

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Math Games

It’s going to be 2 in a row with regards to the kid-science connection, and for that I am totally not sorry.   My daughters are now 6 and 3, and both of them are really into math. There are … Continue reading

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A Physicist Plays Politics: Part III

Hey gang!  It’s been a while, so let’s just jump in, shall we? Every now and again (every four years, apparently) the obsessive statistical monster in me lashes out, and I start thinking obsessively about polls.  Full disclosure: while I’m … Continue reading

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On Raising Daughters

She wants to be just like me! This morning, over breakfast, I asked my 4 1/2 year old daughter if she wanted to see something cool. I showed her a news story about Maryam Mirzakhani, the Stanford Mathematician who is … Continue reading

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Best. Class. Ever.

Credit: me. A simple 1-d simulation of a complex scalar field in an electric field. You’ll find this more instructive after you’ve read the lecture notes. Click on the link if it doesn’t auto play in your browser. This term, … Continue reading

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Cosmos

By now, you’ve either seen the first episode of the new Cosmos or you’re not going to. The nerdverse has been breathless with anticipation for months now, and now that it’s here, the reviews are… pretty good. I don’t make … Continue reading

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Probability for Students

I’ve had a lot of students over the years, and I’ve realized that even those who’ve taken a probability and statistics class often lack a gut feeling intuition about how to deal with data. I’ve written a (first draft, admittedly) … Continue reading

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