Under the Microscope : Can String Theory Be Tested?
In a new article for NOVA, the US television channel PBS’s science wing, Andrew Jones examines our current hopes for testing elements of string theory. Andrew Jones is the author of String Theory for Dummies.
Physics at the Paralympics : An Enlightening Show
The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in August played homage to the advances made in physics in the last few centuries. Much of the ceremony was narrated by Professor Stephen Hawking and featured sections on Newton and the recently discovered Higgs boson. You can see highlights in the video below, courtesy of Youtube.
Knitting in Extra Dimensions : A Tactile Theory
The 2012 winner of the Mathematical Association of America’s Euler Book Prize is Cornell University Professor Daina Taimiņa’s Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes. Prof. Taimina’s fabulous fabrications make the werid world of curving geometry much easier to visualise. Great if you’re having trouble imagining those extra dimensional shapes!
Big Think : Can We Prove String Theory?
Big Think showcases videos from experts in their fields, talking about the issues they grapple with. They have a number of videos about string theory which can be seen on their YouTube channel. In the video below, David Albert, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University contemplates the possibility of finding scientific evidence for string theory.
Just One Theory : Michio Kaku
Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and science populariser at the City University of New York. He has written many best-selling books for the general public and often appears on television. Here he explains why M-theory requires eleven dimensions. He has also recently contributed to a project called the Floating University where he presents a case for a Theory of Everything. He [...]
Milner Prize : Anyone for £2m?
Russian oligarch Yuri Milner has announced the creation of a new annual prize in fundamental physics worth £1.9m. The social media magnate has made billions from investments in Twitter and Facebook. Thirty years ago he gained a theoretical physics degree, but abandoned a PhD to move into the financial world. The award is the largest annual science prize in history. To launch the fund [...]