Author Archives: Charles Scurlock

About Charles Scurlock

Charles is a recently retired architect/planner and generalist problem-solver with a lifelong interest in science, physics, and cosmology, and the workings of the human mind. He has started this blog in the interest of sharing his ideas with others of like-(or not so like) minds.

How Many Dimensions Make a Universe?

Modern physics is full of references to “dimensions.” A mathematical term in use since who knows when, it became attached with quasi-mythical associations soon after Albert Einstein coined the term “raumzeit,” or spacetime in the early part of the 20th … Continue reading

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Reality in Physics 2 (3?, 4?, n?)

 Some months ago, a post on a theoretical physics group discussion asked the question, “What are the greatest unsolved problems in theoretical physics, today?” Almost without exception, the comments from subscribers focused on issues of filling in chinks in the … Continue reading

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Song of the Simple Universe

Here is my holiday offering to all my readers. Thank you for reading.  Song of the Simple Universe (Hadrons are a class of fundamental particles enshrined in the lexicon of the standard model of modern physics. The Simple Universe is … Continue reading

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Back to Reality (Once more into the breach, dear friends…)

“Four definitions to ponder: 1. Space has no substance hence no reality in and of itself. What is called space is an absence of substance. If it is designated as having limits, it can be denoted as a container or … Continue reading

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The Simple Universe – a restatement

For the past 100 years or so, modern physics has been focused on two or three primary classes of entities that are considered fundamental. The first of these are forces, namely those called the strong force, the weak force, the … Continue reading

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The Double-slit Experiment (by lgsims96 in HubPages)

I discovered this blog by lgsims96 last year and thought it was the clearest explanation yet of this quantum paradox. It has since disappeared from his (or her) blog so I am offering it here to fill a gap in … Continue reading

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Definitions: what do I really mean?

Two recent web discussions, based on the questions, “What is the exact definition of a point?” and “what actually creates a dimension?” have brought me to attempt to start to spell out my own precise definitions of the concepts I … Continue reading

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How Many Angels (can dance on a Higgs Boson)?

Lisa Randall on the Higgs Bandwagon I’m reading on my Kindle Lisa Randall’s latest paean to CERN for what she calls the Higgs boson discovery (Lisa Randall, Higgs Boson, the Power of Nothing), in which she once again invokes the … Continue reading

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Modern Physics – the lost world

I have just finished reading in the LinkedIn forum on theoretical physics 71 comments on a question posed by a member, “What are the greatest unsolved problems in theoretical physics?” Almost without exception the comments and responses focus on identifying … Continue reading

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What if Einstein’s 1920 conjecture were true?

I have today posted a question on an open forum on LinkedIn, on the subject of Theoretical Physics, in the hope of generating a fruitful discussion on the subject, “What if Einstein’s 1920 conjecture were true?” : In his address … Continue reading

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