Journalists have discovered that if they give the nickname of a god to a scientific subject that people don’t otherwise care about, their writing all of a sudden becomes relevant to readers and publishers.
The Grand Design has been particularly helpful in revealing how the quantum world can be comprehensible to those of us who live in the macroscopic world.
This is akin to setting two pendulums swinging at a certain rate, then shipping one to China and the other to Nebraska, then changing the rate of the Chinese pendulum’s swing, and seeing the Nebraskan pendulum change its rate of swinging at exactly the same time.
Writing for the New York Times, Olivia Judson observed yesterday that more than one luminary’s birth has been pegged to the day of December 25: Isaac Newton was also born on that day, at least under the older Julian calendar. That makes today Isaac Newton
When you’re taking high school physics and all objects are portrayed as dots or perfect spheres, then on paper at least it’s not too hard to predict the interplay of forces. But off the page, objects and the fields in which they interact are not