Be Careful Waking Up a Sleeping Blog

After a very busy few months, in which a move to a new city forced me to curtail all work on this website, I’m looking to bring the blog gradually out of hibernation.  [Wordsmiths and Latinists: what is the summer equivalent?] Even so, a host of responsibilities, requirements, grant  applications, etc. will force me to ramp … Read more

Quantum Field Theory, String Theory, and Predictions

One of the important lessons of last Tuesday’s debate about string theory is that if I’m going to talk about theories that do or don’t predict things, I’d better be very clear about what’s a theory? what’s a scientific theory expected to do? what’s a prediction? On Thursday I asked my readers if they felt misled … Read more

A New Academic Year

Welcome September!  I’m going to be quite busy for a bit, partly because I have two big science projects that need to get finished, partly because I’m settling in at my new location this week — which always takes longer than one hopes and expects. But I’ve got a few things in the pipeline for … Read more

A Busy August

The rate of my blog posts has fallen off again, but for good reason… change is in the air.  I decided this past year to leave Rutgers University, after a six-year stint as a professor at their “New” High Energy Theory Center, or NHETC.  [No one ever deletes “new” from a name, cf. Pont Neuf. … Read more

A Short Break

Personal and professional activities require me to take a short break from posting.  But I hope, whether you’re a novice with no knowledge of physics, or you’re a current, former, or soon-to-be scientist or engineer, or you’re somewhere between, that you can find plenty of articles of interest to you on this site.  A couple … Read more

Seeking Reader Input

So I think the time is approaching for a serious overhaul of this website.  First, there’s that new particle, which very much resembles a Higgs particle, though we’re not sure if it is of the simplest type; clearly many of the older pages on the website have to change to reflect this new information.  Second, … Read more

A Birthday of Particular Significance

Today is the anniversary of this website, born June 29, 2011. And it’s just in time for what could be the biggest news in particle physics in many years.  If we’re lucky, on July 4th the teams that run the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider [LHC] will reveal strong evidence for … Read more

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