FFP10 Day 3
Links: The Halton Arp website has interesting quasar information, as discussed by C. Fulton. The conference proceedings will be published early next year, and you can now play spot the physicist on the conference photo.
occasional meanderings in physics' brave new world
Marni D. Sheppeard
Events give ... no indication that they undergo what has been described as the formality of taking place.Eddington supposedly coined the concept of the changing world as becoming, but that sounds rather like Hegel to me. Unfortunately, from this point on, the multiverse takes over as an attempt to address the challenge of Time's Arrow ... by creating universes that restore the overall symmetry.
Supernova samples are now large enough that systematic errors dominate over statistical uncertainties, so better understanding, not just a larger sample, is required to make progress on this question. New observations carried out at near-infrared wavelengths promise to reduce these errors and lead to a more certain knowledge of the nature of dark energy.
Travellers' graffiti ... a monument of ill writing and inexpert sculpture ... late, insignificant and scarcely worth the trouble of solving.This was his assessment of the great Achaemenid tombs of Naqsh-e Rustam, which he visited. They date back as far as 1000BC. Having stood beneath these tombs once myself, I can testify that only a fool would think them insignificant to the age of decipherment. With three parallel texts, the tombs were a key element in the eventual decipherment of Old Persian cuneiform, and this in turn led to an understanding of other, far more ancient forms of writing, back to the evolution of writing from symbols and accounting systems in the dawn of history.