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Physics Blogs You Need to Be Reading

These are some of the best physics blogs, updated regularly, written by some of the top minds. The feeds are updated on page refresh, so bookmark this page and you’ll have a quick overview of all the blog’s latest entries each time you visit here.

Sean Carroll’s “Preposterous Universe

  • Stephen Hawking’s Scientific Legacy by Sean Carroll on Mar 16, 2018
    Stephen Hawking died Wednesday morning, age 76. Plenty of memories and tributes have been written, including these by me: “Stephen Hawking’...
  • Dark Matter and the Earliest Stars by Sean Carroll on Mar 1, 2018
    So here’s something intriguing: an observational signature from the very first stars in the universe, which formed about 180 million years after...
  • Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? by Sean Carroll on Feb 8, 2018
    A good question! Or is it? I’ve talked before about the issue of why the universe exists at all (1, 2), but now I’ve had the opportunity t...

Sabine Hossenfelder’s “Backreaction

  • A black hole merger... merger... merger by Sabine Hossenfelder on Apr 25, 2018
    For my 40th birthday I got a special gift: 2.5 σ evidence for quantum gravity. It came courtesy of Niayesh Afshordi, Professor of astrophysics at Per...
  • Interna by Sabine Hossenfelder on Apr 23, 2018
    I am giving (another) seminar in Heidelberg on Wednesday (April 25th), this time about my upcoming book. May 1st is a national holiday in Germany (la...
  • Guest Post: Brian Keating about his book “Losing... by Sabine Hossenfelder on Apr 18, 2018
    My editor always said “Don’t read reviews”... But given that I’ve received some pretty amazing reviews lately, how bad could it be? Nature ev...

Peter Woit’s “Not Even Wrong

  • Losing the Nobel Prize by woit on Apr 19, 2018
    There’s a fascinating new book just now appearing in book stores, Losing the Nobel Prize, by astronomer Brian Keating. An excerpt from the book ...
  • Math News by woit on Apr 12, 2018
    Various mathematics-related news: The Perimeter Institute has been moving towards an increased engagement with mathematics and mathematicians in recen...
  • Are We In the Swampland? by woit on Apr 5, 2018
    Way back in 2005, soon after the emergence of the “String Landscape” and the ensuing debate over whether this made string theory untestabl...

n-Category Café

Quantum Diaries

  • The forgotten life of Einstein’s wife by Pauline Gagnon on Dec 22, 2016
    19 December was the 141th anniversary of the birth of Mileva Marić Einstein. But who remembers this brilliant scientist? While her husband, Albert Ei...
  • La vie oubliée de la femme d’Einstein by Pauline Gagnon on Dec 22, 2016
    Le 19 décembre a marqué le 141ième anniversaire de naissance de Mileva Marić Einstein. Mais qui se souvient de cette brillante physicienne? Alors ...
  • Latest news from outer space on dark matter by Pauline Gagnon on Dec 16, 2016
    To celebrate the first five years of operation on board the International Space Station, Professor Sam Ting, the spokesperson for the Alpha Magnetic S...

Douglas Natelson’s “nanoscale views

  • Postdoc opportunity by Douglas Natelson on Apr 25, 2018
    While I have already spammed a number of faculty colleagues about this, I wanted to point out a competitive, endowed postdoctoral opportunity at Rice,...
  • The Einstein-de Haas effect by Douglas Natelson on Apr 21, 2018
    Angular momentum in classical physics is a well-defined quantity tied to the motion of mass about some axis - its value (magnitude and direction) is t...
  • Chapman Lecture: Using Topology to Build a Better... by Douglas Natelson on Apr 11, 2018
    Yesterday, we hosted Prof. Charlie Marcus of the Niels Bohr Institute and Microsoft for our annual Chapman Lecture on Nanotechnology.   He g...

David Hogg’s “Hogg’s Research

  • not ready for LSST! by Hogg on Apr 25, 2018
    Fed Bianco (NYU) gave a great astro seminar today at NYU about the LSST project. She focused on time-domain and transient aspects, but did a good job ...
  • ready for DR2 by Hogg on Apr 24, 2018
    Today I spent all my research time on details in preparation for Gaia DR2, which happens on Wednesday. Unfortunately, my preparation wasn't exactly re...
  • finished a single-author paper! by Hogg on Apr 21, 2018
    In parallel-working session this morning, I finished and prepared for submission (to arXiv) my paper on a likelihood function for Bayesian data analys...

Jackson Clarke’s “syymmetries

  • Naturalness: A Pragmatist's Guide by Bluejay on Jun 25, 2017
    1. The long readI've been meaning to write a more comprehensive reflection on naturalness here for a while now, ever since penning a summary in the in...
  • Warsaw Workshop on Non-Standard Dark Matter by Bluejay on Jun 5, 2016
    For the last few days I've been at the Warsaw Workshop on Non-Standard Dark Matter. It's been very enjoyable! Plenty of interesting ideas, coffee, and...
  • Wrap-up by Bluejay on Apr 24, 2016
    Readers might have noticed that this blog has slowed down lately. The reason is that I am in a transition period at the moment, wherein I hope to: see...

Résonaances

  • Massive Gravity, or You Only Live Twice by Mad Hatter on Apr 19, 2018
    Proving Einstein wrong is the ultimate ambition of every crackpot and physicist alike. In particular, Einstein's theory of gravitation -  the gen...
  • Per kaons ad astra by Mad Hatter on Apr 9, 2018
    NA62 is a precision experiment at CERN. From their name you wouldn't suspect that they're doing anything noteworthy: the collaboration was running in ...
  • Singularity is now by Mad Hatter on Apr 1, 2018
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is entering into our lives.  It's been 20 years now since the watershed moment of Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov.&n...

 

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  1. QuantumCurt
    QuantumCurt says:

    Excellent! I've got it bookmarked. As I'm getting beyond the freshman/sophomore level introductory courses, I'm realizing more and more how important it is to keep up with the current state of the field. I've been meaning to start keeping up with some blogs like this, and this is a very convenient way to do so.

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