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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.


Apr
8
revised Is the sun's solar radiance spectrum matching up with water's absorption spectrum just coincidence?
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Mar
31
revised The Lagrangian as a metric
my weird cross-product notation was confusing people
Mar
23
revised Does a current-carrying wire running through the centre of a solenoid experience force?
No need to be impolite. I think the geometry is quite clear from the question, but if you disagree, a request for clarification in a comment would be more appropriate.
Mar
18
revised If I bury a cylinder (top end sealed) in sand, how much force do I need to pull it out?
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Mar
18
revised If I bury a cylinder (top end sealed) in sand, how much force do I need to pull it out?
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Mar
16
revised What is the exact relation between $\mathrm{SU(3)}$ flavour symmetry and the Gell-Mann–Nishijima relation
Please don't use < and > to represent angle brackets, it's the wrong symbol and the spacing comes out all wrong.
Mar
12
revised Is there any anti-gravity material?
soft question tag does not apply
Mar
11
revised Why is $\left.\frac{\partial C_V}{\partial V}\right|_T$ different in these derivations?
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Mar
9
revised How is this process not quasi-static yet reversible?
corrected the calculation section. (I now realise it would be better to do the full calculation without the approximations - if I get a chance I'll change it - but I think this is ok.)
Mar
8
revised How is this process not quasi-static yet reversible?
answered the last part of the question.
Mar
8
revised Does this type of phase transition exist?
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Mar
6
revised Mistake in Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
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Mar
1
revised A problem with $E = mc^2$
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Mar
1
revised Couder-Fort Oil Bath Experiments and Quantum Entanglement Phenomena
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Feb
27
revised Non-separable solution for the Schrödinger equation
spelling of name
Feb
25
revised Butterfly inside the accelerated train
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Feb
23
revised Which component shows spin squeezing under twisting Hamiltonian?
It appears the quotation block was not put there by the OP. I'm removing it because it gives the impression that the whole post is a verbatim quote.
Feb
7
revised Is this derivation of Black Hole entropy viable?
consistency of notation
Feb
7
revised Is this derivation of Black Hole entropy viable?
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Feb
7
revised Is this derivation of Black Hole entropy viable?
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