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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Time Essayed

The deadline for the fqxi essay competition on The Nature of Time is at hand. Some entries of interest to AF readers include those by:
Louise Riofrio
Carl Brannen
Matti Pitkanen
David Finkelstein
Lawrence Crowell
Steven Weinstein
Julian Barbour
Christine Dantas
David Hestenes
Philip Gibbs
Tony Smith


Blogger Kea said...

P.S. Out of over 100 entries, it appears that Christine and I are the only women.

December 02, 2008 1:48 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

P.P.S. Wait! No! The number of women has now doubled. The usual suspects. Fotini has an entry, and Louise has submitted an entry with a remarkable sense of timing, grabbing the top spot on the list.

December 03, 2008 9:18 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

The correct link for Finkelstein's paper is here. Somehow, they deleted topic/337.

And, right now I'm riding high, tied for 2nd place with 2 the "restricted votes", after Carlo Roselli who has 3.

A lot of the essays seemed to be somewhat contrary to the rules, that is, that it needs to be something new, and something that is readable at the Scientific American / Nature level, and it needs to be about the nature of time. And they're giving out 21 prizes worth $1000 or more, so maybe we'll get lucky.

December 03, 2008 12:50 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Thanks, link fixed. Carl, your surname begins with B: plenty of people are equal second at present. And I'm certainly not getting my hopes up, although I doubt that anyone needs the cash more than I do.

December 03, 2008 1:02 PM  
Anonymous PhilG said...

Another nine essays have been added. I wonder if they were submitted before the deadline. There's even a couple more women. Perhaps a discussion about why all the female entrants appeared at the last minute is in order :-)

Seriously though, thanks for including me in your list. I'm pleased to see that some of them have made a good start in the voting. Even I got a vote! If it's the only one I get it will still be one more than I expected. I only got two public votes.

I have not cast my three restricted votes yet and I dont think I can narrow my shortlist down to so few. So I plan to wait until the end and favour anyone on my list that has not done so well.

December 04, 2008 9:56 AM  
Blogger nige said...

Thanks for this list of papers, which are interesting to read.

(It's just as well Einstein wasn't able to submit his [sexist humor] explanation of relative time to this competition or they would have had to give him a prize:

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.")

December 10, 2008 1:48 PM  

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