New steps toward quantum gravity: Despite the success of general relativity, one of the most important problems in modern physics is finding a theory of quantum gravity that reconciles the continuous nature of gravitational fields with the inherent ‘graininess’ of quantum mechanics. Recently, Petr Hořava at Lawrence Berkeley Lab proposed such a model for quantum… Continue reading
Hitch probably says it best: It was almost as if he had decided to atone, first for the death of Mary-Jo Kopechne and second for his hubris in trying to emulate the ambition of his older brothers. Tastes differ but many of his admirers were secretly relieved when the Senator stopped trying to deliver epoch-making… Continue reading
Mark Chu-Carroll on the latest bit of intellectual dishonesty from Bill Dembski: As for intelligent design? There’s really nothing in this paper about it. I’m [sure] Dembski will run around bragging about how he got an ID paper published in a peer-reviewed journal. But arguing that this is an ID paper is really dishonest, because… Continue reading
I like Pogue’s approach to Twitter. Going to have to come up with my own….
The Cartoons that Shook the World (but didn’t even make it into the book). Hitchens rips Yale University Press for losing its nerve.