Introducing The Amplituhedron

This is the most exciting physics article I’ve read all year!

“Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality.”

It’s called the amplituhedron.

Why is it so exciting?

“The revelation that particle interactions, the most basic events in nature, may be consequences of geometry significantly advances a decades-long effort to reformulate quantum field theory, the body of laws describing elementary particles and their interactions. Interactions that were previously calculated with mathematical formulas thousands of terms long can now be described by computing the volume of the corresponding jewel-like “amplituhedron,” which yields an equivalent one-term expression.”

The suggestion is that space and time – until now considered the very fundamentals of the universe  – may be illusory and, instead, a property of the amplituhedron.

Bucky Fuller and Plato both always thought the universe would one day be explained by the properties of geometry. Looks like they might have been right!

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From Peer Gynt to Gershwin to Inspector Gadget

I’m sure I’ve made this connection before, but it just hit me again this morning (the benefit of having no long term memory). I’m not sure who copied from whom, but I was listening to Gershwin this morning and it clicked. Gershwin’s “Sweet And Lowdown” rips off the theme from Grieg’s Peer Gynt “In The Hall Of The Mountain King”.

(kicks in after 51 seconds)

 

And then Shuki Levy ripped off one or the other of them for the Inspector Gadget theme.

 

GO, GO GADGET RIP-OFF.

No Illusions Podcast #59 – Benjamin Walker, Psychopathic Entrepreneurs

PhD student Benjamin Walker and Business Psychology professor Chris Jackson conducted three experiments using more than 600 people from the general population. They found that people with psychopathic traits can make great entrepreneurs because they are not afraid to fail or make bold and risky decisions.

My concern, though, is that although psychopaths might make great entrepreneurs, once they get wealth and power as a result of their entrepreneurial activities, they can end up doing more damage to society than good. But what do we do about it? How do we protect society from psychopaths?

 

Below is Benjamin’s recent three-minute pitch about the subject of his PhD.

psychopath hopkins