What does it mean for string theory that the LHC has not seen supersymmetric particles?
15 February 2018 | 5:18 pm

And what will become of supersymmetric string theory if Susy is bumped off ? — Suhail Manzoor (@suhailski) February 13, 2018 What are the consequences of no SUSY? — John Deer (@johnxdeer) February 13, 2018 The LHC data so far have not revealed any evidence for supersymmetric particles, or any other new particles. For all we know at present, the standard model of particle

Book Update: First Review!
12 February 2018 | 8:09 am

The final proofs are done and review copies were sent out. One of the happy receivers, Emmanuel Rayner, read the book within two days and so we have a first review on Goodreads now. That’s not counting the two-star review by someone who I am very sure hasn’t read the book because he “reviewed” it before there were review copies. Tells you all about online ratings you need to know. The German

Which problems make good research problems?
7 February 2018 | 2:13 pm

mini-problem [answer here] Scientists solve problems; that’s their job. But which problems are promising topics of research? This is the question I set out to answer in Lost in Math at least concerning the foundations of physics. A first, rough, classification of research problems can be made using Thomas Kuhn’s cycle of scientific theories. Kuhn’s cycle consists of a phase of “normal science

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