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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:31 PM

What's the matter with the Large Hadron Collider?


http://dvice.com/archives/2012/11/lhc-accidentall.php

LHC accidentally creates new form of matter

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Reply What's the matter with the Large Hadron Collider? (Original post)
jberryhill Nov 2012 OP
Atman Nov 2012 #1
AldoLeopold Nov 2012 #2
longship Nov 2012 #3
Surya Gayatri Nov 2012 #4
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #5
jberryhill Nov 2012 #6
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #8
DetlefK Nov 2012 #10
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #12
DetlefK Nov 2012 #13
jberryhill Nov 2012 #14
DetlefK Nov 2012 #15
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #16
Tuesday Afternoon Nov 2012 #7
ret5hd Nov 2012 #9
Javaman Nov 2012 #11
tama Dec 2012 #17
tama Dec 2012 #18

Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:34 PM

1. Mine craps out whenever I switch from Blu-Ray to Cable.

The remotes really suck.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:39 PM

2. I love the smell of color-glass condensate in the morning

It smells like...quark-gluon plasma.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:46 PM

3. Color-glass condensate.

Gluon and quark interactions are weird. I don't even pretend to understand the color force (strong nuclear force).

I have a copy of Frank Wilczek's book, The Lightness of Being which I have read a couple of times. (Highly recommended, BTW.) Wilczek describes asymptotic freedom, for which he won the Nobel, fairly well. It's why free quarks are not seen. But this article takes me into the deep end where I cannot swim. And I have a B.S. in physics!

Isn't the LHC just about the greatest thing humans have ever done? I think so. Who knows where it will take us!?

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:03 PM

4. Thanks for posting, jbh! Fascinating...

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:14 PM

5. Charming, just charming n/t

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:50 PM

6. Is this going to go in a strange direction?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:12 PM

8. When the spin doctors get hold of it, it will

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:34 AM

10. You had to top that, did you?

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Response to DetlefK (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:56 AM

12. I'm a bottom feeder.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:20 AM

13. Make sure you wont get lept-on.

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Response to DetlefK (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:02 AM

14. The wit is scintillating

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:06 PM

15. Watch out! Electron-avalanche incoming!

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:23 AM

16. Get me some Charmonium!

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:15 PM

7. I love this thread.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:14 AM

9. I keep tellin' you kids "somebody's gonna get their eye put out!".

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:42 AM

11. Reading stuff like this makes my brain short out a little bit...

While I really love reading articles on physics, I must confess, most of the time, I read them to try and improve my understanding of the world around me, but sadly, I fail much of the time. It's the dichotomy of me being bad at math and knowing how important it is; that keeps me trying.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:38 AM

17. A quote

 

Physics and theoretical physics are disciplines, whose development has taken a about 500 hundred years, a life work of totally devoted brilliant people. Nowadays these 500 years can be compressed to 3-4 years in university classes. This is wonderful but during this time one of course gets only some important impressions, not much more. There is no hope of compressing 500 years to a couple of web articles. This would be however needed as a background to develop introduction to TGD for dummies.

Anyone can learn macro-economics but theoretical physics is a REALLY difficult discipline. Think only that the best mathematical brains have worked for 28 years in vain with superstring models. They did not get anywhere. We still have Einstein's theory as THE theory of gravitation.

The following old saying still applies. "God give me the wisdom to see what I cannot do and give strength to do what I can". In my case this means that I cannot write a five page essay leading the reader to enlightment but I can improve endlessly the articulations of TGD so that who have the needed background can easily understand it when the Zeitgeist allows them to read an article about TGD in presence of colleagues.

http://matpitka.blogspot.fi/2012/12/is-it-possible-to-learn-tgd.html#comments

It's very difficult also the other way around; the theoretician quoted is wondering if his theory can be communicated (to someone with required math skills) and doing his best, but remains unsure...

But his communication problems make him look only more human in my layman eyes, which I find positive, while I wish nothing but success for their efforts.

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