Theoretical Work

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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CELS 2021 – A report from the trenches

Image credit: Brian Gage. The first-ever Living Systems Engineering Conference (CELS 2021) was held June 3-5 in Denton, Texas. CELS was organized by the Engineering Research Group (ERG) and sponsored by the Center for Science & Culture, Discovery Institute. In this workshop-like setting, a select group of 60 biologists, engineers, …

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