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Changes

OK, it is time to announce some changes that I alluded to in comments to an earlier post.

Firstly, I have decided to take an invitation to blog over at the new FQXi community pages.  At the moment, I’m just doing this on an experimental basis for a couple of months and I am fully intending to bring my foundational musings back over here at the end of it.  One reason for this is that the FQXi blogs currently work a bit more like forums than a regular blog and they are missing a number of key features, e.g. rss feeds, that I think are important.  Still, I think it will be worthwhile as I will potentially be able to reach a wider audience of people working on fundamental physics who would not read this blog.  For now, I will be posting links here when I write a FQXi post, so you can keep track of them.  The first one on ontological vs. epistemic wave-vectors can be found here.

Secondly, I have decided that my strategy to keep this blog purely focussed on foundations and maintain another blog about technology in academia is not really working.  For one thing, I can hardly ever be bothered to write posts on the other blog and it is certainly not the case that I have groundbreaking new things to say about foundations every day.  Therefore, I think it would be an improvement if I allow myself to write about a wider array of subjects in fundamental science and other things that I think are interesting.  Rest assured that foundations will remain the focus, so this will not become just another general physics blog and you will definitely never find me writing any posts about my pet dog.

New Blog

Welcome to my new blog.  It exists for me to occasionally air a whole lot of rants I have stored up about technology in academia, and will be posted to less frequently than my other blog Quantum Quandaries.   Here’s what the about section says:

This blog is about the uses of computers and technology in academia. As well as recommendations of useful websites and software, there is advice on how to make use of the internet in teaching and research, and speculation on how we could make the net a better place for academics. The focus is on things that are useful to people in the mathematical and physical sciences, and I have an unashamed bias towards Apple Macs and open source solutions.

Reorganizing my web empire

I have been busy reorganizing my mini-web empire, as you can see if you look at my swanky new website. Part of this has to do with the fact that I occasionally want to write about things other than the foundations of quantum mechanics, but I don’t want to burden the loyal readers of Quantum Quandaries with such trivia. Therefore, I have started two new blogs.

The first is my announcements blog. This mainly exists to serve the news feed on my website, and it will contain announcements every time I submit a paper to the arXiv, update a paper, get published, visit somewhere for a long time, unify quantum theory with general relativity etc. I won’t announce the details of every paper I write on this blog as well, unless I think the paper is interesting for people into quantum foundations (actually, on that topic you might like this recent paper and also this one). I hope you will appreciate my goal of always keeping this blog strictly on topic, bucking the trend to use blogs mainly for shameless self promotion. Of course, you are welcome to become a regular reader of my announcements blog as well, but I am under no illusions that it will appeal to anyone except maybe my mother.

Secondly, I have started another blog called Academic Tech. This should satisfy my inner geek, as it is about the uses of computers, technology and the net in academia. If you want to know about software and web tools that you can do amazing things with then you might want to read it. However, quantum theory still holds the vast majority of my attention, so articles for this blog will probably be posted much more frequently.

Welcome to Quantum Quandries

A hearty welcome to my currently nonexistent readership. This blog is designed to fill a gap in the market for blogs titled “Quantum Somethingorother”, being devoted to the foundations and interpretation of quantum theory. Posts will be aimed at physicists, philosophers, mathematicians and amateurs who are interested in this subject.

In my opinion, it is high time that we demonstrated to the rest of the academic community that this is a serious subject, with many important questions to answer and experiments to perform. With this in mind, you should bear in mind the following rules:

  • Comments are moderated and should be relevant to the topic of the post. I don’t want every discussion to degenerate into an argument about the exact meaning of Bell’s Theorem, as happens on certain physics discussion sites that will remain nameless.
  • This is a guaranteed crank free zone. No comments publicizing nonsensical theories or “proving” that “Einstein was wrong” will be allowed.