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Physics

Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

Richard Feynman is a physicist who won the Nobel Prize,  worked on the Manhattan Project, he played a key role in explaining the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and he is known for the “Feynman diagrams” that symbolize particle collisions. He...

/ September 7, 2014

David Bohm (1917-1992)

David Joseph Bohm lived from 20 December 1917 to 27 October 1992. He was an American theoretical physicist who contributed innovative and unorthodox ideas to quantum theory, philosophy of mind, and neuro-psychology. He is considered to be one of the...

/ August 21, 2014

Reductionism or Emergence?

Here are some quotes about the controversy between reductionism and emergence as basic paradigm for physics. Robert Laughlin: A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down. 2005. From the Introduction: “Much as I dislike the idea of ages, I think...

/ January 3, 2014

What is Quantum Mechanics?

Quantum mechanics is a branch of physics; it was developed between 1900 and 1930, and  it explains the behavior of sub-atomic particles, atoms, molecules and nuclei. Attempts to combine it with the general and special theory of relativity leads to...

/ November 8, 2011

Physics Quotes

Hylemorphism? Here is Heisenberg’s take: “In the experiments about atomic events we have to do with things and facts, with phenomena that are just as real as any phenomena in daily life. But atoms and the elementary particles themselves are...

/ September 19, 2011