“Speed depends on size | Balanced by dispersion | Oh, solitary splendor” – Lax’s soliton haiku … More Solitary Splendor
In the Hamiltonian formulation of classical mechanics… … More It’s a Symplectic World
I just came across a witty Monthly paper from 1981 written by Meyer. As they say, there’s a grain of truth in every joke.. … More Meyer’s Joke
Here is a puzzle of Carrollian style from 1936. It was proposed by Sir Arthur Eddington and published in the New Statesman and Nation magazine. … More Looking Glass Zoo
Wigner (in his 1951 paper) proposed “a new kind of statistical physics” based on random matrices to model certain properties of excited states of heavy nuclei. … More Unexpected Appearances of Random Matrices
“The principle of least action stands superior to both (conservation of energy and conservation of momentum), even when considered together, and it appears to govern all the reversible processes of Nature” – Max Planck … More What’s the Shape of a Hanging Chain?
In 2001 Richard Borcherds gave a 15 week course on Quantum Field Theory… … More Life Cycle of a Theoretical Physicist