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Previously, I wrote about a controversial high-impact paper published by scientists associated with Microsoft where they cherry-picked data to support their groundbreaking claims of a breakthrough in building a Quantum Computer. I was also contemplating the question — who should take more responsibility for “bad science.”

Today, a different researcher…

Maxwell’s textbook on electricity and magnetism from 1873

In 1873 Maxwell finished “A treatise on Electricity and Magnetism.” Among various phenomena and problems discussed, his 900-pages book includes a compact and elegant way of writing the fundamental interrelationship between the electrical and magnetical quantities that he gradually formulated over the years. …

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There is not much drama that spills outside of the scientific circles that often. However, the more established in the science community you are, the more you start hearing about full-blown intellectual fights, and you also gain a frenemy or two along with your career.

One compelling scientific battle was…

How to get "true" random data

Checking on a Schrödinger's cat and generating a zero or one accordingly based on the aliveness of the cat would be a great way to generate random numbers.

When the need for random numbers appeared, English statistician Tippett published the first table of random numbers in 1927. The book "Random…

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To get a flavor of what I’m talking about, let me start by citing a few textbooks and review articles in Quantum Field Theory.

“For a long time, it was thought sufficient to organize calculations in such a way that no infinities appear in quantities that can be compared directly…

Starting a lecture after receiving his Nobel prize in Physics, Willis Lamb recollected the saying that “while the finder of a new elementary particle used to be rewarded by receiving a Nobel Prize, one should now be punished by a $10,000 fine” (the equivalent of $100,000 today).

Nobel prizes to new “elementary” particles

When the Nobel…

On small lengths and low temperatures, the world doesn’t behave according to the classical laws of physics as defined by Maxwell’s equations. On the scales below the nanometer, the world is quantum. It is impossible to know if Schrodinger's cat is dead or alive; the photon can be seen both…

Parabolic microphone used by television broadcasting at a college football game in 2007.

You might argue Pringles are the tastiest paraboloids ever made by men (and I might agree), but here I wanted to write about telescopes and their mirrors.

Like the one Jack Sparrow used, refracting telescopes were popular for astronomical purposes in the 19th century. Since then, they have been almost…

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