Some of my core beliefs about the world

I think I have 5 beliefs that fundamentally shape the way I see the world and the way I interact with it. But before I continue, I must write that this self analysis is not based on the concept of core beliefs within psychology, which seems to be more based on beliefs about oneself. Instead the name is just something I came up with to describe 5 beliefs that I hold important in my life.

Here I’ll introduce the two negative beliefs I hold, and in the next post I’ll introduce the 3 positive ones. (more…)

Why are the laws of physics the way they are?

Today I’m going to talk about an idea I’ve had for a few years. Before Einstein discovered his theory of general relativity the math behind it, about curved space was already discovered for a while, the same is true with the slow discovery of Quantum mechanics, before that started a lot of the math used to describe it was already discovered. In a universe where the math or the idea is always discovered before it is linked to physical properties one could imagine that the idea itself is the cause of the physical properties. So if you would discover something totally new something noone has ever thought of before that idea would create new laws for our universe to follow. At first thought you would think this doesn’t make any sense aren’t the laws of physics eternal governing over both todays world as that of the past. But once you realise that essential things such as nuclear physics can be explained by simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division it seems a little more plausible, but then you realise Mathematicians have made a lot more math than is used in physics or other sciences this must certainly be a problem? Well it doesn’t have to be, if you imagine that nature slowly tries to implant every idea into itself but tries to do it in a way that is still consistent with its previous state you would get something that slowly becomes more detailed and detailed, something that also happens to our understanding of the universe. In the end it is impossible to prove or disprove this idea at least it is for me, you could probably go a lot further in trying to if you had access to a lot of data and knew exactly when things where first thought of. Also to see that abstract math like the phibonacci series does find its way into nature check out Spirals Phibonacci and being a plant

Nerdy romance The Quantum poem

I decided to write another post about the nerdy romantic things I have done in the past. This one took place around valentine’s day about 2 years ago. That year a few days before valentine’s day me and the other physicist and astronomers of my year had our first quantum mechanics final, at the time I was also a little bit in love with one of the girls in my year, only from a far though I did have some conversations with her but we weren’t really close. Well for valentine’s day I wrote her a love poem with some quantum mechanical concepts mixed in, she didn’t really react the way I had hoped she would but I still like the poem:

The poem of the quantum love:

With the atoms my heart goes

For uncertainty is on the loose

I cannot know where it goes

While I still know where it is

But I hope it will be yours after time has done its work

The quantum mechanical concept I put into the poem is Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle which basically says that you cannot know the position and the momentum(classically mass times velocity) of a particle at the same time.