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    Science poetry-or verse that is just informative about nature

    Thanks... I try. I do have one other that I find worthy of posting, but it is not any traditional form. It is completely modernistic free verse, technically speaking... I was mostly thinking of the new linear accelerator that will be coming, but also a tribute to linear accelerators in...
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    Science poetry-or verse that is just informative about nature

    I am glad you liked it, marcus. I would also add that my selection of a winter theme was not by chance. Since cold, nonpertrubative QCD is involved, and the process is low energy, I picked a winter theme. The haiku does require a season to be selected, traditionally.
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    Science poetry-or verse that is just informative about nature

    Here is a short haiku I have written that I will share. I was frustrated at the time by my inability to nail down a good mass for the sigma meson in a meson-tetraquark-glueball mixing scheme, and also by the overabundance of spurion and a wide range of experimental data that did not agree well...
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    How will Trouble do in September?

    I just call it dumb luck, but then again the law of large numbers would suggest that dumb luck doesn't strike this many times in a row... I will have to look for it. I am not a library director any more, and I have since moved to a new town. I happen to be in the new library right now on...
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    How will Trouble do in September?

    Yes, congrats Ed! I was curious how this would turn out, and I see that the mark on Sept 1 was right where I thought it would be, but the rules were rightfully changed and I do like the new system even though I missed by 0.26. That still seems a respectable closeness, though... I have been...
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    How will Trouble do in September?

    Well, what can I say... the nobility of self-sacrifice... :cry: LOL
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    How will Trouble do in September?

    I made sure to order the library a copy of "Trouble" off of Amazon before my departure. I hope I helped the salesrank... :biggrin:
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    How will Trouble do in September?

    This is bizzarre behavior indeed, though the explanation isn't too unexpected. The resonance idea could prove true in some respects. The idea that buyers of the latest alternative-approach type of work will rehash the previous iterations and, hence, boost sales of the previous works of...
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    Smolin impact ratio in July

    I am not aware that our smaller group is listed yet on the main MARIACHI website. I will have to check and see if they added us. Otherwise, our website should also be up by the end of summer. You could also visit my own website, where I have posted a short blog and some details that are...
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    Smolin impact ratio in July

    I know, its funny though. Maybe someone should invent a quantum theory of physics book sales in market fluctuation... hahaha Although plans are still in flux at the moment, the head of MARIACHI-CPS insists that I have been guaranteed a spot in the collaboration regardless of where I go or...
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    Smolin impact ratio in July

    you are so incredibly lucky, marcus... the law of large numbers was, i think, supposed to be on my side here! it was a quantum fluctuation in book buying habits - lol well, i'll have to take another stab at it... i might as well announce it here rather than anywhere else as i'm not...
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    Smolin impact ratio in July

    Dahhh... It will bounce back to 1.0 just in time. This is just a correction, i.e. regression to the mean, for the last week of 1.0-plus activity... (crosses fingers)
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    I hate my parents

    Well, it surely must be sucky to have to choose to hate your parents... If having the state raise all our children is the alternative, then I think I'd like to stick with the already sucky "family" system and take my chances, rather than turn it over to the even suckier "Big Brother/Nanny...
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    Why f0(600) is not seen on lattice computations?

    Well known in the sense that everybody was talking about it for a long time after Tornqvist et al brought it back as a recognized resonance of sorts... if you mean it is well known experimentally, I would say not really. There have been plenty of experiments on it, but they tend to produce low...
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    Why f0(600) is not seen on lattice computations?

    Considering the f0(600)/sigma meson has a width that is generally larger than its mass, I find it no surprise that it doesn't emerge in lattice QCD. Not only that, but you realize that if a "particle" has a width larger than its mass, it is by definition entirely "virtual". There is some...
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    Smolin impact ratio in July

    Hi Marcus, I have been talking to some other librarians about this, and asking if they're hearing anything in regards to this book. The responses, although sparse and short, still lead me to think that some of this behavior is a result of the possibility that different demographic groups are...
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    Can photon couple to scalar field?

    Well, I am not up-to-snuff on string theory per se, but I would say that any scalar object with internal charges, whether they cancel or not, will couple to a photon through a trilinear coupling involving another appropriate vector particle. For neutral scalar mesons, for example, the coupling...
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    SU(3) and quarks

    Which SU(3) are you referring to? SU(3)_c (color) or SU(3)_f (flavor)? It makes a difference...
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    Smolin impact ratio in July

    Hi Marcus, I like this tradition! So, I am guessing 1.0 because I am an optimist. Yes, the sales rank is boosted right now because of the graduation season and such, and I was hoping that boost would have come a couple weeks earlier... <8-)... but oh well... I'm just not that lucky. I do...
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    What questions are you interested on?

    I am not "employed" in a BSM physics theory field, but I do some work as a physicist and outreach coordinator/liaison for an experimental collaboration that studies UHECR phenomenon... maybe that could be counted as BSM in an experimentalistic sense? I do dabble in some of my BSM interests in...
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    Smolin impact in April

    Congrats, Marcus... you're so lucky... <8-) Again, congratulations. This was a fun thread.
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    The pre big bang condition

    Heh! Nice :biggrin:
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    Who has 12 of 8?

    Okay. I get it now. I'm sorry, I've been a little out of it lately. Well, 10 or 26 dimensions should, indeed, be problematic. I would imagine. So, now I see what your getting at, and I see the problem too. Good luck, I can't help you a whole lot because I'm not that keen on String...
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    Who has 12 of 8?

    Ehh... okay, I wasn't thinking really along the same lines at all. So you have to be able to amalgamate two different configurations into one known fermion, such as dSs and dSd for -u, or dSb and sSs for -c (I switched the dSd and dSb from your post because that made more sense to me regarding...
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    Who has 12 of 8?

    I am beginning to be intrigued by the idea this model suggests. I want to think about this "sBootstrap" more because I just answered one of my own questions about it by writing it all out on paper, but it is late now, I'm still at my office at the library and its almost midnight here, and my...
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    Who has 12 of 8?

    Okay. This all looks great here, and the p=2, q=3 model does appear to reproduce the SM, but how do you actually create a physical limit that will stop it at p=2 and q=3? To show an example, I am going to try to build the fermions from your model here, with the extra constraint that you cannot...
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    Who has 12 of 8?

    How will R-parity affect the baryon/lepton number? Other than making them two ways of measuring the same unified hypercharge, that is... Okay. I guess that's a fair assumption for now, although I admit I would't know any better anyhow...
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    Who has 12 of 8?

    Dahhh!!!... What did I just say about "the chicken and the egg" paradox? This makes a very interesting symmetry to the problem, but no apparent ability to resolve it by simple logic... Yep. And Monte Python's knight-in-armor is also going to come up behind you and whack you over the head...
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    Smolin impact in April

    Well Marcus, the resurgence from March to April tells me that I still have a shot at getting it right. It wasn't a big difference, but if the time from February to May can be modeled like a parabolic curve (this is totally unjustified, but I am beaming with unjustified enthusiasm...) then May's...
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    Fision products, the W coincidence

    Hi Alex, Tell me, when did L3 and OPAL see a massive charged scalar boson in that range? I saw this note in the histogram, around 70 or 75 GeV, and I was wondering because I had not heard of one since the unconfirmed LEP find in 2001 (which was at much higher mass anyway, closer to 100 GeV)...
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