A Physicist Responds to “The Three Body Problem” part 2

To start with, this post will be almost pure spoiler. I’m assuming, if you got through part 1, that you’ve read Cixin Liu’s book. I’ve gotten partway through the second book in the trilogy myself, meaning that I’ve had some additional time to think about the contents of this post, but that I don’t know […]

A Physicist Responds to “The Three Body Problem”

I’ve not had much motivation to post recently: it seems like I read another article every week or so where some fool is making the same wrong conclusions about Quantum Mechanics or Relativity or AI, or all of the above, simultaneously. It gets exhausting to read. I also haven’t had time for constructing a post […]

EM Drive paper passed Peer Review

Or, why passing peer review doesn’t suddenly mean that a technology is either validated or useful. I just saw an article in Universe today claiming that a paper on the EM Drive is forthcoming. As you may remember from my previous post, the EM Drive is a piece of crank technology that is The One […]

Beyond F=ma

Every college student taking that requisite physics class sees Newton’s second law. I saw it once even in a textbook for a martial art: Force equals mass times acceleration… the faster you go, the harder you hit! At least, that’s what they were saying, never mind that the usage wasn’t accurate. F=ma is one of […]

Flat Earth Swan Dive

There is an article out today that Stanley Kubrick’s daughter spoke out vehemently against the idea that her father, the legend himself, helped NASA fake the moon landings. She called it ‘grotesque.’ I thought it was an elegant response to an insane and stupid idea. You hear that popular culture? The moon landing was not […]

Nonlocality and Simplicity

I just read an article called “How quantum mechanics could be even weirder” in the Atlantic. The article is actually relatively good in explaining some of how quantum mechanics actually works in terms that are appropriate to laymen. Neglecting almost everything about ‘super-quantum,’ there is one particular element in this article which I feel somewhat […]

The Waste of Time That is the EmDrive

I stumbled over an article yesterday that I found again today in my newsfeed that finally causes me to be willing to spend time writing about something. The article is here. This article is about a sketchy physics topic that the popular media loves itself something fierce. Namely, the EmDrive. This device is supposed to […]