Theoretical Work

The duration of the conversation

“Good company” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney: Flora Mancini has been married for over 20 years. Everything she thought she knew about herself, her marriage and her relationship with her best friend, Margot, is turned upside down when she comes across an envelope containing her husband’s wedding ring – the one …

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A black physicist rethinks the “dark” in dark matter

While many children were running around playing tag or video games, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein was thinking about particle physics. After her mother took her to see “A Brief History of Time”, Errol Morris’ 1991 documentary about theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, she fell in love with the discipline. She was only 10 …

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New Deal for the Arts

As you read between the lines of recent arts funding news – like the proposed DCMS business model for arts funding and the thinking that would be behind ACE’s new arts strategy – you begin to see a problem. larger than mere intellectual fragility. It is a unique moment, which …

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What makes quantum computing so hard to explain?

Quantum computers, you could hear, are magical super machines that will soon cure cancer and global warming by trying all possible answers in different parallel universes. For 15 years, the my blog and elsewhere, I’ve railed against this cartoonish vision, trying to explain what I consider to be the more …

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