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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.


Jul
7
reviewed No Action Needed What happens to the wave function after applying the D'Alembert operator?
Jul
7
reviewed Reopen Reading list in topological QFT
Jul
7
reviewed Reopen Why is there a deep mysterious relation between string theory and number theory, elliptic curves, $E_8$ and the Monster group?
Jul
7
reviewed Leave Open The General Relativity from String Theory Point of View
Jul
7
reviewed Leave Open Why are radians more natural than any other angle unit?
Jul
7
answered How is energy extracted from fusion?
Jul
6
comment Chemical reaction as state transition?
Ok, you don't want to discuss it, fair enough. But your question sounds like it's close to stuff I'm an expert in, and if it has an answer then I'd estimate I have about a 10-20% probability of at least having some useful insight into it. Since you recently put a bounty on the question I assumed you were keen to get an answer, and given this your unwillingness to enter into a conversation that might lead to one is very confusing.
Jul
6
comment Chemical reaction as state transition?
In other words, what would you consider to be a suitable space in which to perform such a calculation? Currently your question reads as "I have some very vague ideas about using quantum field theory to solve problems in chemistry", and if you're not willing to be a bit more specific about where your ideas differ from existing approaches I doubt anyone will be able to give you an answer.
Jul
6
comment A rope attaches the Moon to the Earth. What happens?
Even if the string is made of Adamantium and doesn't break, it surely gets ripped out of the ground, even if it's anchored miles deep into the mantle.
Jul
5
comment Chemical reaction as state transition?
What's a "suitable space", and in what way does Baez fail to write it down? I'm not saying he doesn't, just trying to understand what you're asking for.
Jul
5
comment Chemical reaction as state transition?
Just out of curiosity, where do those papers fall short in answering your question? (I'm not sure I understand the question fully.)
Jul
5
answered Chemical reaction as state transition?
Jul
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Do electrons have a radius when they behave like a particle?
Jul
5
reviewed Leave Open why is dark matter the best theory available to explain missing mass problems?
Jul
5
reviewed Close What is the phase difference of the oscillations of the two prongs of a tuning fork?
Jul
5
reviewed Close Why can the Euler beta function be interpreted as a scattering amplitude?
Jul
5
reviewed Close What is the alternative of PMG (Permanent Magnet Generator) in a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine?
Jul
5
revised Are Lagrangians and Hamiltonians used by Engineers?
Dimension10's edit inexplicably removed the examples from the question, so I put them back.
Jul
5
comment In mechanics, is shock really better expressed as jerk instead of acceleration?
This is a very superficial answer that doesn't really address the question. Ben Crowell's answer is much better. Jerk can set things vibrating whereas constant acceleration cannot, so both jerk and acceleration can cause damage.
Jul
5
revised Variational Derivation of Schrodinger Equation
improved LaTeX