Archive for the physics Category

Blogging the "Origin of the Species"

Posted in biology, physics, Science on January 8, 2009 by Mike Procario

I read on Pharyngula about an evolutionary biologist who was planning to read the Origin of the Species for the first time. He had managed to get a Ph.D. without doing so.  This did not surprise me.

I am a physicist, but I have never read Newton’s Principia. Of course the fact that it is written in Latin is an obstacle for me. From what I have heard of it, it would be quite hard for me to follow. Even though Newton invented calculus, he did many of the proofs geometrically. Newton got the physics right, but many people have figured out better ways of explaining it.

I find evolutionary biology interesting, especially evo-devo. So much has been learned about evolution since Darwin and I think I would want the much more complete view that is available now, than you would get from the Origin of the Species.

ICHEP Reports

Posted in physics, Science on July 30, 2008 by Mike Procario

I am attending the International Conference on High Energy Physics in the exotic locale of Philadelphia, PA. Here are some random thoughts.

Most interesting talk title: Things decaying into top quarks, that are similar to top quarks, or that are produced with top quarks, by Jochen Cammin of the University of Rochester.

BNL Is the Villan in WALL-E

Posted in humor, physics on July 4, 2008 by Mike Procario

I went to see the new Pixar movie, WALL-E, last night. I throughly enjoyed it. The villan of the movie was a corporation, Buy N Large, which makes Walmart look like a boutique shop. It is abbrievated all throughout the movie as BNL. I hope my friends from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) don’t take it personally.

This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix

Posted in humor, physics, Science, Technology and Software on May 26, 2008 by Mike Procario

XKCD got written up in the NY Times. I discovered from the article that the author is a physics major. I knew he had to be a geek, but physics is as good as it gets.

LHC on XKCD

Posted in humor, physics on April 3, 2008 by Mike Procario

Normally I would not mention xkcd again since my last post is about it. However, the Large Hadron Collider gets mentioned on xkcd, so I had to link to it. If he mentioned blackholes, it would have been really topical.

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XKCD Strikes Again

Posted in humor, physics, Science, Uncategorized on March 20, 2008 by Mike Procario

Mythbusters, Zombie Feynman and a meditation on the meaning of science. What more can you ask for?

Veronica Belmont Visits SLAC

Posted in physics, Science on March 8, 2008 by Mike Procario

Mahalo Daily is a short video podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont that covers a different topic everyday. One day it is hangover cures and another it is the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Well I checked on the recent ones today and I saw that there was a podcast about SLAC. It is not as good as a real visit, but you should check it out anyway.

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