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I'm a post-doctoral researcher with a wide range of interests. My career is in complex systems science (or maybe cybernetics) and the origins of life, but I also have research interests in

  • the foundations of statistical mechanics and its relationship to information theory
  • Earth systems science
  • non-equilibrium thermodynamics in general

I'm also generally interested in the foundations of quantum mechanics and in black holes, though I wouldn't say I'm an expert on those things.

It's probably worth noting that despite the fact that my research is in physics-related areas, all my degrees are in other subjects. If I occasionally seem to start talking in an alien language, this is probably why.


Mar
15
answered Help explore a self-feedback camera-monitor chaotic system
Mar
11
answered Chemical reaction A+B$\leftrightarrow$C. Equilibrium VS Non Equilibrium
Mar
11
comment Chemical reaction A+B$\leftrightarrow$C. Equilibrium VS Non Equilibrium
(but it is nevertheless also on topic here.)
Mar
8
comment Does ambient day/night temperature change have significant energy generation potential
Why are people voting to close this? It's a very straightforward question with a very straightforward answer that can be derived from basic thermodynamics. (The Carnot limit.)
Mar
5
comment Are there nonlinear models of quantum mechanics which forbid superluminal signaling?
It's very sad to see a decent question downvoted for using unfamiliar technical terms. Voters please note that the question is referring to quite specialised literature in foundations of quantum mechanics, and as far as I can tell is a perfectly sensible one.
Mar
5
comment Why is it hard to detect a black hole
@RobJeffries the question mentioned "enveloping matter", which I took to mean the remains of the star that birthed the hole, as described in my answer. Stuff falling into the hole after its formation is another matter - I've added a note to the answer to explain that this can indeed be detected.
Mar
5
revised Why is it hard to detect a black hole
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revised Why is it hard to detect a black hole
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Mar
5
answered Why is it hard to detect a black hole
Mar
2
revised How can we redirect light from any direction to one direction
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Mar
1
comment How can we redirect light from any direction to one direction
Well, if the heat engine is inefficient all it will do is put out a little more heat, which will still be in the box and can still be turned into work eventually. As long as no energy leaves the box, it could run forever.
Mar
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answered How can we redirect light from any direction to one direction
Mar
1
revised Simplest example of spontaneous breaking of time reversal symmetry
time reversal symmetry != time symmetry
Feb
28
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Feb
28
comment Is sound considered a subtopic of physics? What are the SI units of sound?
@DanielSank corrected. I wouldn't necessarily say the use of decibels is an 'abuse' as such, though. As a one-time amateur sound engineer, I can attest that a logarithmic scale for sound intensity is very useful, since it corresponds pretty well to human perception.
Feb
28
revised Is sound considered a subtopic of physics? What are the SI units of sound?
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Feb
25
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
24
comment Simplest example of spontaneous breaking of time reversal symmetry
Thanks for the answer. I do realise that the Ising model can already be seen as a spontaneous breaking of time symmetry for this reason, but I'm looking for a non-equilibrium transition in a system with an explicit time dependence.
Feb
24
comment Simplest example of spontaneous breaking of time reversal symmetry
That's interesting - it clearly is an example of spontaneous time symmetry breaking, but it doesn't have the feel of a phase transition. I'll think more about this example - thank you.
Feb
24
asked Simplest example of spontaneous breaking of time reversal symmetry