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Spacetime

Published March 20, 2013 by isabellai8

So I’m starting to understand a little bit more about spacetime.  Basically it’s the idea that Einstein came up with based on his assumption that the speed of light is always constant and nothing can go faster. (this assumption actually makes me uncomfortable, but more on that later)  So Einstein said that in order to keep the speed of light constant, space and time must bend and change as one.

The thing is, no one really knows what spacetime is.

I’m hoping to look at more quantum theory and possibly string theory and try to link them, though it might be a dead end.

It would take multiple posts to explain this and I don’t think I’m grasping the whole concept, so I’m going to skip the explanation (for now.)

Superman and Krypton

Published March 15, 2013 by isabellai8

So I guess comic books get their physics right!  The comics say that Superman has his super-strength because Krypton’s gravity is much stronger- 15x stronger- than Earth’s gravity.  In order for Krypton to be small enough (so it’s not a gas planet) while still having this gravity and not introducing any new forms of matter, Krypton’s center would have to be a neutron star (the extremely dense remnants of a supernova).  And the gravitational strain from the center would cause violent phenomenons on the surface, creating the catastrophe causing Superman’s parents to send him to Earth!

I feel behind…

Published March 15, 2013 by isabellai8

When I decided on this topic I knew that I would have to learn a lot more before I could even start specifying.  I’m learning a lot through my Physics of Super Heroes book, but I’m afraid it won’t be enough. I’m starting to think I’ll have to be really vague in a lot of areas if I do what I’ve been thinking of.

Quantum Physics

Published March 14, 2013 by isabellai8

This.is.crazy.! I think I’ll need more than one semester to do this project…

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‘If you have not understood quantum mechanics then you have not understood it’ Niels Bohr

This should blow your mind:

Yes. The mere presence of the observer is affecting the actual result! If you can think of a logical reason why then you can get yourself a nobel prize.

Quantum theory is starting to enter biology, :

There is even a book out that tries to give an alternative view to Darwinian Evolution:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Quantum-Evolution-Multiverse-Johnjoe-McFadden/dp/0006551289/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363275688&sr=1-1

This isnt likely to replace Darwinian Evolution theory but is more likely to live by it as a supplementary area of research. In much the same way that Newtonian Physics and Quantum physics co-exist.

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