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avatar! Nov 5, 2016

Rather than hijack Vert's thread of "many successes of mankind" -which is not surprising rather empty (you all know I'm jaded on humanity smile  -I was rather inspired by his listing of what I believe is wrong, but interesting, article relating to a perpetual motion machine and the laws of thermodynamics. I study and teach physics, so this is a topic a bit dear to my heart, and hey, without physics we wouldn't have much on this planet (including no video games, what a tragedy that would be)! So I'll start this thread on physics. Yeah, not sure this thread will get much attention, but what the hey. First article,

Quantum Gravity:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg … verything/

this is one of the biggest mysteries in physics today -unifying gravity and quantum mechanics. It's similar to what Einstein was working on in the remaining years of his life -grand unified theories.

raynebc Nov 5, 2016

I read about this the other day and I'm skeptical that they found a way to create energy with no energy input.

Jodo Kast Dec 3, 2016

The most interesting success of physics to me is the discovery of the Higgs boson. I've read books about the prediction of the particle before its discovery and it's over my head. If you were to lock me in a room and require that I explain the significance of the Higgs boson, along with technological applications in order to leave, I would not be leaving.

I can follow the reasoning behind the prediction of other particles, such as the positron and the neutrino, but the Higgs gives me trouble.

Idolores Dec 3, 2016 (edited Dec 3, 2016)

Avatar, you have a doctorate, don't you?

I'm thinking of getting my ass back to school for astrophysics.

Extrasolar phenomena blows my mind

avatar! Dec 4, 2016

Idolores wrote:

Avatar, you have a doctorate, don't you?

I'm thinking of getting my ass back to school for astrophysics.

Extrasolar phenomena blows my mind

I do smile
I can tell you what I tell my students, do it only if you really love it, and you're willing to sacrifice for it. *IF* you get into a good program, they'll pay for your tuition, give you a small stipend, and health care. However, it's hard to get into any good program, and it's a long road. You have to take challenging classes, you have to pass your qualifying exams, you have to be able to publish papers, put a thesis together and defend it. It will take anywhere from 5-8 years (most finish in around 6 or so). You won't have much or any social life. Still, not saying it's not worth it, just being realistic on the expectations. Some people choose to get a masters instead of a PhD and that is fine too. In that case, it's mostly taking classes. So, what phenomena are you talking about?

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