Category Archives: Philosophy

Philosophy is never too far from physics. It is in their overlap that I expect breakthroughs.

Binding Books

When I was about 15, oh so long ago now, I had this crazy hobby of book binding, which is like the process of turning a paperback into a hardcover, or adding a hardcover to an exercise book. With the mild OCD that I have, I do get a bit carried away with such things, and no books around me or in my dad’s collection were spared. I collaborated with a local printing press to access their cutting machine and local stationery stores to research on various techniques and acquire supplies. My crowning moment was when I did a “full-calico” binding on a rather useless book that my dad had recently purchased.
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When Your Child is as Big as You

My mom used to say that when your child is as big as you, you have to treat them with respect. What she actually said was that you had to address them using a respectful form of “you,” which doesn’t make any sense in English, but may work in Hindi or French. It worked poetically well in Malayalam. I was reminded of this maternal pearl of wisdom recently when I was watching a movie with my son.

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Contradictions

Life is full of contradictions.

I am attending a research retreat on mindfulness and contemplative practices at the beautiful Garrison Institute. I am learning a lot of interesting things, and meeting a lot of like-minded and excellent people – the kind of people with whom I could have deep conversation about the unreal nature of reality, unlike most people from other walks of life would politely and tactfully excuse themselves when I get a bit unreal.

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Twilight Years

At some point in our life, we come to accept the fact we are closer to death than life. What lies ahead is definitely less significant than what is left behind. These are the twilight years, and I have come to accept them. With darkness descending over the horizons, and the long shadows of misspent years and evaded human conditions slithering all around me, I peer into the void, into an eternity of silence and dreamlessness. It is almost time.

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Interpretation of Special Relativity

When we looked at Quantum Mechanics, we talked about its various interpretations. The reason we have such interpretations, I said, QMは私たちがアクセスできない現実を扱っているということです,,en,私たちの感覚と知覚の装置を通して,,en,特殊相対論とは、動いているマクロオブジェクトに関するものです,,en,そのようなことを想像しても問題ありません,,en,では、なぜ解釈が必要なのですか?,,en,答えは微妙なものです,,en,アルバート・アインシュタイン,,de,特殊相対論,,en,光の速度,,en,光速が一定であることは単純な声明のように聞こえる,,en,しかし、それだけではありません,,en,かなりもっと,,en,この恒常性が実際に何を意味するのか見てみましょう,,en,どこかに立っていると,,en,そしてあなたの右から左に向かう光線があります,,en,スピードがあります,,en,左から右へ進む別の光線にも速度があります,,en,これまでのところ,,en,とても良い,,en,今あなたがロケット船にいるとしましょう,,en,右から左に移動する,,en,相対性理論の特別な理論,,en, through our sensory and perceptual apparatuses. On the other hand, Special Relativity is about macro objects in motion, and we have no problem imagining such things. So why would we need to have an interpretation? The answer is a subtle one.
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Quantum Field Theory

In this post on Quantum Mechanics (QM), それを少し超えて、量子場理論(粒子物理学での使用方法)に触れます。,,en,最後のいくつかの投稿で,,en,QMの哲学的導入の概要を説明しました,,en,その歴史的起源–黒体放射のその場限りの説明としてどのようにして生まれたのか,,en,と光電効果の見事な説明,,en,量子力学の歴史的起源,,en,このセクションで,,en,量子力学の歴史的起源を見てみましょう,,en,これは通常、怖いように見える数式を使用して簡潔に表示されます,,en,物理学における数学の役割,,en,リチャードファインマンが説明するように,,en,オークランドで行われたQEDに関する彼の講義で,,en,ニュージーランド,,en,YouTubeで入手可能,,en,質の悪い録音として,,en,純粋に実用的です,,en,量子力学,,en,小さなものの物理学です,,en. In the last couple of posts, I outlined a philosophical introduction to QM, as well as its historical origin – how it came about as an ad-hoc explanation of the blackbody radiation, and a brilliant description of the photoelectric effect.
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