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How to describe spin and statistics
I’m in the midst of writing a couple of sections on how spin really works. Not coincidentally, I’m also discussing these topics in my Quantum Field Theory class, where we get to do all of the math. In the process, … Continue reading
Antworld, the Equivalence Principle, and GR
I’ve been thinking a lot about Special and General Relativity lately, and in particular, the Equivalence Principle — the main theme for Chapter 7 of my upcoming book on symmetry. In the process, I started playing around with a really … Continue reading
A symmetry approach to time dilation
Howdy, folks. As you know, I’m in the midst of writing my book on symmetry, and every now and again, I like to try to run various drafts of different snippets of the manuscript by you, the peanut gallery, for … Continue reading
New Column! Also, a few announcements.
Hi, everybody! I realize that it’s been much a fairly long interruption in your regular “Ask a Physicist” service, and for that, I apologize. I hope we’re back on track now. Today’s column at io9 was all about how neutrino … Continue reading
Symmetry is on the way (in 2013)!
Good news, everyone! Those of you who don’t follow me on twitter or facebook will be pleased to learn that there is a new book officially on the way. The tentative title (always prone to change) is “The Why of … Continue reading
Books and Ebooks: A One book perspective
VS I realize that there has been an enormous amount written about how electronic books are or aren’t replacing print books. Take this article a few months ago, about how kindle sales are now outpacing book sales generally on amazon. … Continue reading
As easy as falling off a…
I’ve been making pretty solid progress on my next book on symmetry. In writing a passage on the basic structure of matter, I started talking about the vast number of chemical compounds out there, and realizing I was out of … Continue reading
Table o' Contents
As most of you know by now, I’m working on my next book. While I haven’t come up with a particularly snappy title yet, the general theme will be symmetry, and how it gives rise to physical laws and how … Continue reading
What's next? Audience participation requested
I’ve started my next book in earnest. It’ll be all about symmetry, and will include how symmetries in the universe and assumed symmetries in physical laws can give rise to our understanding of how things work. I anticipate lots of … Continue reading
Target Demos
When Jeff and I first sat down to write the “User’s Guide,” we had a certain kind of reader in mind. I’m not sure we could have pictured him/her exactly, but we definitely imagined the sort of person who might … Continue reading