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Here's an excellent YouTube channel explaining all types of physics in straightforward terms.

PBS Space Time

For example

[video=youtube;p-MNSLsjjdo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-MNSLsjjdo[/video]​

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Its the new rock'n'roll. Brian Cox is playing arenas now.
 

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True enough. There's some amazing research going on these days in various places around the world.

Some of the research institutes around the world are doing some mind-bending research. The Perimeter Institute in Toronto produces a report every now and then that is very cool and explains in layman terms what they are up to in quantum physics research.

https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/about/about-perimeter

https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/newsletter/2016/spring/

New Scientist is still one of the best magazines around for exploring the latest theories and how they are being tested.

Not much entropy in the world of theoretical physics at the moment;)
 
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Just think of it as the most mind-bending prog rock album of all time and you'll be alright.

I should have said the Perimeter Institute is interesting to me because it is dedicated to the application of research in quantum physics to the 'real' world in terms of technical and commercial application.

Usually you would be talking Hawking, Turok and others plus an entire gamut of physicists at Stanford, Princeton, Berkeley, Yale but the Quantum Valley Institute and the Perimeter Institute are founded by philanthropic money from Mike Laziridis and Doug Fregin (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars). The latter two made their money with the development and sale of the 'Blackberry' PDA.
 

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Physics?...those mind-reader blokes?....I'm not convinced.
 

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Hmmmm.....I don't agree that science should be left in the hands of commercial interests and corporations.
These large business interests are already colonising our universities far too much for my liking.

You end up with departments being essentially privatised and the likes of the military industrial complex
and big pharma controlling what research does and does not get done.

Then these businesses patent the results and profit from them, while hiding them from everyone
because they are "commercially sensitive".

The end result is that people die because patented drugs such as those developed for aids patients cost far more than generics, and these companies protect their patents ruthlessly with little consideration for human lives in third world countries where these drugs are most needed. Also these companies concentrate on developing profitable meds such as viagra or cialis variants with minor changes to renew patents, rather than focussing more research on developing cheap medicines to cure the world's biggest killers.

As for the Military industrial complex driving research in universities, well a large percentage of our best scientists and engineers are taken up in developing death machines and better more efficient ways to murder people. This is just insane behaviour.

Aaron Schwartz was an activist who tried to make some of this hidden information more accessible to the public but instead the pressure of ridiculous aggressive legal actions against him for his noble stance, threatening to make him spend 40 years of his young life in prison was instrumental in driving him to a premature death by suicide.

Science should be done on an open source model and the results available for all for free.
Letting commercial interests and large corporations own and control our science is a big mistake.
Actually I very much agree with your stance. I know though that the top Universities are very clear with anyone wishing to fund research that research should be made available to everyone researching in the area and that under no circumstances would research be slanted toward the interests of the funder.

There are academics at all the top universities that guard this principle right along the line. There is a very clear policy at all universities of the difference between philanthropic funding, research funding and things like sponsoring lecture series and so on.

No respectable university would ever allow its academic and research freedom to be compromised in any way by someone proposing to fund research, or be philanthropic.

You could get your name on a building, laboratory or lecture theatre but when it comes to research the freedom to follow the science to whatever conclusion is correct is absolutely fundamental.

I've worked at three top institutions with reputations to protect and those principles mean that money would be turned down if there was an expectation with a funder to steer any research.

In fact there are academic committees who police every such funding suggestion for exactly that reason. It cannot and should never be done any other way in my opinion.

The Perimeter are following the science and examining what comes out to see where it is commercially applicable. They aren't starting from the point of view of commerce bending science to its will.
 

Who is John Galt?

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Hmmmm.....I don't agree that science should be left in the hands of commercial interests and corporations.
These large business interests are already colonising our universities far too much for my liking.

You end up with departments being essentially privatised and the likes of the military industrial complex
and big pharma controlling what research does and does not get done.

Then these businesses patent the results and profit from them, while hiding them from everyone
because they are "commercially sensitive".

The end result is that people die because patented drugs such as those developed for aids patients cost far more than generics, and these companies protect their patents ruthlessly with little consideration for human lives in third world countries where these drugs are most needed. Also these companies concentrate on developing profitable meds such as viagra or cialis variants with minor changes to renew patents, rather than focussing more research on developing cheap medicines to cure the world's biggest killers.

As for the Military industrial complex driving research in universities, well a large percentage of our best scientists and engineers are taken up in developing death machines and better more efficient ways to murder people. This is just insane behaviour.

Aaron Schwartz was an activist who tried to make some of this hidden information more accessible to the public but instead the pressure of ridiculous aggressive legal actions against him for his noble stance, threatening to make him spend 40 years of his young life in prison was instrumental in driving him to a premature death by suicide.

Science should be done on an open source model and the results available for all for free.
Letting commercial interests and large corporations own and control our science is a big mistake.

Yeah sure.....the leftie model has done so well for us in the past....hasn't it?
Let's throw away all the advances of Edison, Gates and Musk just because they weren't sound on the socialist ideology?
 

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Here's an excellent YouTube channel explaining all types of physics in straightforward terms.

PBS Space Time

For example

[video=youtube;p-MNSLsjjdo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-MNSLsjjdo[/video]​

FYI
Amazing what God created.
 

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Its the new rock'n'roll. Brian Cox is playing arenas now.
There is something that grates about our Brian, I'm sure he's a great lad, intelligent fellow, nice to kittens and all that, but his delivery is something I find frustrating, so in the unlikely event that I win any tickets to a show I'll raffle them on here for charity.
 

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True enough. There's some amazing research going on these days in various places around the world.

Some of the research institutes around the world are doing some mind-bending research. The Perimeter Institute in Toronto produces a report every now and then that is very cool and explains in layman terms what they are up to in quantum physics research.

https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/about/about-perimeter

https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/newsletter/2016/spring/

New Scientist is still one of the best magazines around for exploring the latest theories and how they are being tested.

Not much entropy in the world of theoretical physics at the moment;)
New Scientist rather dug a grave itself as it slavishly followed the development of the microchip and other computing advances, as was its remit. It's advertising base was mainly recruitment agencies which of course switched to the web just as soon as they were able leaving the magazine a shadow of itself.

I do though think that they lost some following when they started to rely more journalists than scientists to contribute articles. I recall that happened around the eighties and there was a distinct difference between a scientist writing passionately about his area of expertise and a journalist trying to explain something they may not have a full grasp of themselves.
 

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Yeah sure.....the leftie model has done so well for us in the past....hasn't it?
Let's throw away all the advances of Edison, Gates and Musk just because they weren't sound on the socialist ideology?
There is little surprise in noting that you seemed to have completely misunderstood what was being said.
 

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Hmmmm.....I don't agree that science should be left in the hands of commercial interests and corporations.
These large business interests are already colonising our universities far too much for my liking.

You end up with departments being essentially privatised and the likes of the military industrial complex
and big pharma controlling what research does and does not get done.

Then these businesses patent the results and profit from them, while hiding them from everyone
because they are "commercially sensitive".

The end result is that people die because patented drugs such as those developed for aids patients cost far more than generics, and these companies protect their patents ruthlessly with little consideration for human lives in third world countries where these drugs are most needed. Also these companies concentrate on developing profitable meds such as viagra or cialis variants with minor changes to renew patents, rather than focussing more research on developing cheap medicines to cure the world's biggest killers.

As for the Military industrial complex driving research in universities, well a large percentage of our best scientists and engineers are taken up in developing death machines and better more efficient ways to murder people. This is just insane behaviour.

Aaron Schwartz was an activist who tried to make some of this hidden information more accessible to the public but instead the pressure of ridiculous aggressive legal actions against him for his noble stance, threatening to make him spend 40 years of his young life in prison was instrumental in driving him to a premature death by suicide.

Science should be done on an open source model and the results available for all for free.
Letting commercial interests and large corporations own and control our science is a big mistake.
While I totally agree with the noble ideals and sentiments expressed in your post it is unfortunate that much of the information held by institutes and universities around the world has in effect been privatised for access to it requires payment. For the individual working outside of the charmed circle of academia who would wish to research source material the cost of doing so can be prohibitively expensive. Universities playing lip service to working for the greater good of mankind while simultaneously restricting the circulation and dissemination of that work just raises a hollow laugh in some quarters.
 

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Yeah sure.....the leftie model has done so well for us in the past....hasn't it?
Let's throw away all the advances of Edison, Gates and Musk just because they weren't sound on the socialist ideology?

I don think you understand what you are talking about. Dr Awkward isnt describing the "leftie model" of science (whatever that might be) but how science is done.

Do you think Gates for example just invented a software programme sitting in his own bedroom without access to any of the previous research openly available to him? Gates actually got his start because a class mate's father worked at the University of Washington and allowed Gates and his son to spend hours at the computer centre there, day or night, when they were only high school boys. Later on Apple simply gifted Gates all their software research and Steve Jobs knew the value of a dollar.

Do you actually know what Isaac Newton meant when he said he was only "standing on the shoulders of giants?" Hint: he didnt mean he had to pay to play.
 

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I don think you understand what you are talking about. Dr Awkward isnt describing the "leftie model" of science (whatever that might be) but how science is done.

Do you think Gates for example just invented a software programme sitting in his own bedroom without access to any of the previous research openly available to him? Gates actually got his start because a class mate's father worked at the University of Washington and allowed Gates and his son to spend hours at the computer centre there, day or night, when they were only high school boys. Later on Apple simply gifted Gates all their software research and Steve Jobs knew the value of a dollar.

Do you actually know what Isaac Newton meant when he said he was only "standing on the shoulders of giants?" Hint: he didnt mean he had to pay to play.
FG fanbots simply cannot conceive of a world where everything is not divided into leftie (bad) or rightie (good), they have a basic need to operate at this simplistic level and dare not raise their heads to view the middle ground for fear of becoming confused.
 

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Yeah sure.....the leftie model has done so well for us in the past....hasn't it?
Let's throw away all the advances of Edison, Gates and Musk just because they weren't sound on the socialist ideology?
You are aware that Edison stood on the shoulders of two hundred years of electrical science? A fascinating tale. You should try reading about it.

You are probably also not aware that it was public money that made the integrated circuit chip possible - all modern computing advances stem from that achievement. Gate's programs aren't much use with the hardware needed to run them. Public money also funded the development of the internet - Musk's paypal isn't much use without that. His aerospace advances stand on the shoulders of massive public investment in aeronautics since World War One and aerospace since World War Two. The development of the modern electrical grid was paid for with public money in most cases. Edison held up its development by pushing his ridiculous DC systems - for which he held patents. A case of his greed overriding his scientific and technical mind.
 
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FG fanbots simply cannot conceive of a world where everything is not divided into leftie (bad) or rightie (good), they have a basic need to operate at this simplistic level and dare not raise their heads to view the middle ground for fear of becoming confused.
Who is John Galt? worships at the feet of that American 'dolehead' Ayn Rand. Such people are ideologues on par with the most committed fifteen year old Communist and their intellectual fire-power is at much the same level.
 
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