Book Shambles

jonb_shambles_s7-150x150I did a Book Shambles with Robin Ince and Josie Long, which you can hear here. Hear hear.

Ostensibly we were discussing “A Map of the Invisible”, though it starts with me denying the allotment allegation, and pretty much shambles on from there to cover quite a lot of ground


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A review of Atom Land from Kansas

Thanks to Newton Public Library and Steve Richards for this.



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Cease using the phrase “Standard Model” for a theory we know to be incorrect.

Things James Wells writes are usually worth reading, and this is no exception. Highly recommended to anyone (like me) who is thinking a lot about the current state, and future, of particle physics. Or who is just interested in how our ideas about the fundamental laws of nature have evolved over the years, in the light of steadily accumulated data.

A sentiment I particularly applaud is this:

If it is the old static former definition, then it is uninteresting to use the phrase “Standard Model” ever again, except in nostalgic history books, and if it is the new dynamic latter definition then we should not speak of neutrino masses being beyond the Standard Model

Illustration by Chris Wormell, from "A Map of the Invisible".Authors of PhD theses I am likely to review or examine, please take note…

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Things beginning with P

I occasionally get asked, since the LHC is not currently providing collisions, what we’re actually doing now. Answers include Protons, Papers, Poppadoms, Preparation, Python, Pictures and Philip Pullman.


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