Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Physicists DO have a sense of humor!

  1. Aug 12, 2010 #1

    DrChinese

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    This appeared this week:

    Backward Causation in Complex Action Model --- Superdeterminism and Transactional Interpretations, Holger B. Nielsen, Masao Ninomiya (Submitted on 3 Aug 2010)

    "It is shown that the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics being referred back to Feynman-Wheeler's time reversal symmetric radiation theory has reminiscences to our complex action model. In this complex action model the initial conditions are in principle even calculable. Thus it philosophically points towards superdeterminism, but really the Bell theorem problem is solved in our model of complex action by removing the significance of signals running slower than by light velocity.

    Our model as earlier published predicts that LHC should have some failure before reaching to have produced as many Higgs-particles as would have been produced the SSC accelerator. In the present article, we point out that a cardgame involving whether to restrict LHC-running as we have proposed to test our model will under all circumstances be a success. "

    Basically, they hypothesize that a backwards wave from the future caused the U.S. Congress to cease funding the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in the 1990's. Who says physicists don't have a sense of humor?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 12, 2010 #2
    In the case of Holger B. Nielsen I would say sarcasm or irony.
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010
  4. Aug 12, 2010 #3

    DevilsAvocado

    User Avatar
    Gold Member


    HAHAHA! These Danish jokers!! :rofl:

    Holger B. Nielsen is just an "entangled mixture" of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Adventures_of_Nils" [Broken]! He exist yes, but not for "real", hahaha!! ... a bird dropped a baguette on LHC and "God" intervened ... :rofl:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
    <object width="640" height="385">
    <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZOI8byIV_GI&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6"></param> [Broken]
    <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param>
    <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param>
    <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZOI8byIV_GI&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed>
    </object>


    Funny DrC! :smile:
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
  5. Aug 12, 2010 #4

    Fredrik

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    He's quite a character, that's for sure. They should put him on the "The big bang theory" as a nutty professor working with Sheldon. But I suppose people would think he's overacting. :smile:
     
  6. Aug 12, 2010 #5

    DevilsAvocado

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Why...!:confused:?

    (:smile:)
     
  7. Aug 12, 2010 #6

    DrChinese

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    DA, You always amaze me with this stuff!

    Nielsen is quite a character, very expressive. Apparently he is real, and is respected in his field. Whatever field that is. :biggrin:
     
  8. Aug 12, 2010 #7
    The message that I get from his theory is this: theoretical physics without new fundamental ideas is at a dead end. Too often results or quasi-results are announced for political reasons, that is to have funds. Like the Higgs boson that seems to be always behind the door. Too often physicists pretend to impose their view about nature, and not to understand how nature works. He seems to say that in modern physics every kind of theory and its opposite can be possible. So we have theories with n-dimensons, incredible numbers of vacuum states, Calabi-Yau, manyfolds with all shapes, generations of string theories, hidden valleys, many words, many universes, Higgses of any type, particles, sparticles, unparticles, retrocausality, signals faster than the speed of light, action at a distance, Abracadabra of any sorts .... poor Galileo! ..... but I think H. B. Nielsen is having a lot of fun about all that.
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010
  9. Aug 12, 2010 #8

    alxm

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Too bad Steven Weinberg didn't reach this result earlier; he could've saved himself a lot of effort!
    Perhaps we can send the paper back in time to him?
     
  10. Aug 12, 2010 #9

    atyy

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010
  11. Aug 13, 2010 #10

    haushofer

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    I attended a talk of him at the Niels Bohr institute last year. It was quite amazing, actually; his voice blew away the people on the first line, and some people in the audience unfamiliar with him were looking around like "what the heck?!" :')

    Especially his "There are a lot of problems with my theory, but I have only 20 minutes, so let's ignore these for the moment" was quite brilliant.
     
  12. Aug 13, 2010 #11

    DevilsAvocado

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    It's my pleasure. :wink:

    Corn(y) field? :biggrin:
     
  13. Aug 13, 2010 #12

    DevilsAvocado

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    LOL! This man is a GENIUS! Absolutely brilliant!! :rofl:

    As we all understand by now; Holger Bech Nielsen is for really real, on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holger_Bech_Nielsen" [Broken].

    Holger Bech Nielsen has what looks like http://arxiv.org/find/all/1/au:+Nielsen_Holger_Bech/0/1/0/all/0/1" on arXiv.org. :smile:

    Maybe the 69 year old professor just wants to have some fun in the end of his career... :rolleyes:
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
  14. Aug 13, 2010 #13

    Demystifier

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Have you ever been listening his oral presentation?
    When you do it the first time, you cannot stop laughing. :rofl:
     
  15. Aug 13, 2010 #14
    I don't think Holger is taking these ideas seriously, it didn't seem like it last time I shortly spoke to him at the Niels Bohr Institute. But he IS very respected in his field, he is for example the Nielsen from Nielsen-Olesen vortex (non-Abelian gauge theories), Nielsen-Ninomiya no-go theorem (lattice models) and he was among the first persons to recognize the strings in the Veneziano model. He usually say: "I am one of the fathers of string theory but I am a bad father; I don't believe in my own child"! :biggrin:
     
  16. Aug 13, 2010 #15

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    What a riot! This Nielsen is priceless!! Thanks for sharing DrC & DA.
     
  17. Aug 13, 2010 #16

    DrChinese

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    I saw him selected to referee a hotly debated scientific dispute on Wikipedia. The other referee selected was Hawking.

    But he does make me laff... :smile: You gots to!!
     
  18. Aug 13, 2010 #17

    DevilsAvocado

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Enjoy! :smile:

    Holger Bech Nielsen – "CERN and the Anti Miracle"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
    <object width="640" height="385">
    <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ODHJcnCneUc&fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0&amp;color1=0x2b405b&amp;color2=0x6b8ab6"></param> [Broken]
    <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param>
    <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param>
    <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ODHJcnCneUc&fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0&amp;color1=0x2b405b&amp;color2=0x6b8ab6" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"></embed>
    </object>


    I would call this a "PowerPoint Anti Miracle", have you ever seen overhead on the fly, LOL!! :biggrin:


    (I can’t type anymore... tears in my eyes... :rofl:)
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
  19. Aug 13, 2010 #18

    DevilsAvocado

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    You're welcome. :wink:
     
  20. Aug 13, 2010 #19

    DrChinese

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    At about 9:00, he starts writing a new slide...during the presentation itself. :biggrin:
     
  21. Aug 13, 2010 #20

    DevilsAvocado

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Yeeees pleeeeease, and who says physicists don't have a sense of humor...? :biggrin:
     
  22. Aug 13, 2010 #21
    I had the fortune to speak with him for two days and I can assure that he is a wonderful person and in his eyes you can see genial intuitions.... I laughed all the time.
    PS: He drinks a coffe every 30min.
     
  23. Aug 13, 2010 #22

    DrChinese

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    No...really? I would never have guessed...

    Hey, does anyone remember Archimedes/Ludwig Plutonium? You gotta laff at that! (And I am not placing Nielsen in the same bucket as Lp).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Likebox/Archimedes_Plutonium [Broken]
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
  24. Aug 16, 2010 #23

    Demystifier

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    This Plutonium guy seems simply crazy to me. What has he done to deserve a wiki page devoted to him?
     
  25. Aug 16, 2010 #24

    DevilsAvocado

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    20,000 crazy postings... :rolleyes:
     
  26. Aug 21, 2011 #25
    Sure, physicists must have a sense of humour...try answering the question

    What is time? http://www.sciblog.org/" [Broken]

    or view You don't like it? by http://youtu.be/iMDTcMD6pOw" [Broken]
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 5, 2017
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook