Blog 2005

2005 December 15

Betriebsausflug: Weihnachtsmarkt, Mannheim

2005 November 18

Read The Schopenhauer Cure by Irvin D. Yalom (HarperCollins 2005)
My review: Psychologically illuminating dramatized portrait of philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer that explains the style if not the power of his philosophy

2005 October 20-21

Participated as product representative for SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator (formerly HPA) at
SAP Business Intelligence and Analytics Conference
Düsseldorf, Germany

2005 October 12

Received my copy of SAPinsider containing my article
Speed, Scalability and Flexibility All at Once with New High Performance Analytics

SAPinsider, Oct-Nov-Dec 2005, pages 53-56
PDF: 4 pages, 583 KB

2005 September 24

Finished reading novel Saturday by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape 2005)
My review: A day in the life of a neurosurgeon, deeply insightful, meticulously researched

2005 September 12

Finished reading Warped Passages by Lisa Randall (Allen Lane 2005)

My review: Some wonderful new ideas for physics beyond the Standard Model, and maybe testable too, but still very speculative

2005 September 4

Finished reading The Labyrinth of Time by Michael Lockwood (Oxford University Press 2005)

My review: An Oxford philosopher takes on some deep physics and presents many good views and a few debatable ones

2005 August 11

Flew a Piper Arrow aircraft for a few minutes between Bournemouth International Airport and Sandown on the Isle of Wight

At Sandown: center me, right my brother-in-law

2005 August 10

Enjoyed a family pilgrimage to Chartwell House, Kent
Winston Churchill and his family lived there for many years

Chartwell House

2005 July 24

This weekend I read two new volumes in The Frontiers Collection:
Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime by Vesselin Petkov (Springer 2005)
Information and Its Role in Nature by J. G. Roederer (Springer 2005)

2005 July 12

BMW, Munich, Germany
Presentation on SAP NetWeaver capability High Performance Analytics (HPA)

2005 June 23

Baur au Lac Club, Zurich, Switzerland
Dinner with old boys from Exeter College Oxford

Baur au Lac Hotel

2005 June 6

University of Trier, Germany
Delivered lecture entitled SAP NetWeaver and High Performance Analytics
to Diploma students in department of business informatics

2005 March 19

A First Course in String Theory

Barton Zwiebach

A self-contained explanation of string theory at a level understandable to advanced undergraduates, beginning graduate students, and physicists in all areas of research

"Zwiebach .. presents a remarkably comprehensive description of string theory that starts at the beginning, assumes only minimal knowledge of advanced physics, and proceeds to the current frontiers of physics."
David Gross

From Chapter 1:
String theory is an excellent candidate for a unified theory of all forces of nature. It is also a rather impressive prototype of a complete theory of physics. In string theory all forces are truly unified in a deep and significant way. In fact, all the particles are unified. String theory is a quantum theory, and because it includes gravitation, it is a quantum theory of gravity. .. It is almost certain that string theory will give rise to a new conception of spacetime.

From Chapter 15:
In summary, while a fully realistic model of particle physics has not yet been built in string theory, consistent progress towards this goal has been made. As we have seen, there are now string models which have precisely the particle content of the Standard Model. .. String theory is a theory of all the interactions, and it includes gravity.

2005 March 7

Received my subscription copy of:
Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol 12 No 2 (2005)
Pages 78-83 present my review:
Roads to Reality — Penrose and Wolfram Compared
comparing the books
The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram 

2005 February 7

Quo Vadis Quantum Mechanics?

A. Elitzur, S. Dolev, N. Kolenda (eds.)

AR Quantenmechanik ist sowohl der Kronjuwel als auch der größte Skandal der Physik. Sie ist die tiefste, erfolgreichste, exakteste, und fruchtbarste physikalische Theorie die je entworfen wurde. Sie verbirgt absurde Rätsel und bizarre Paradoxe, die die wissenschaftliche Suche nach vernünftigen Regeln in der Natur verhexen.

Das Buch ist eine direkte Antwort auf diese Rätsel und Paradoxe. Konzipiert und durchgeführt wurde das Projekt vom "Center for Frontier Sciences" an der Temple University in Philadelphia. Geschrieben in stilistisch schönem, wenn auch teilweise recht technischem Englisch, enthält das Buch fundamentale Beiträge von sechzehn der brillantesten und anerkanntesten Denker in der Physik.

Die Auflistung von Autoren und ihren Themen spricht für sich: Avshalom Elitzur über Lösungen zu den Rätseln der Quantenmechanik, Hans-Peter Dürr über die Umgehung klassischer Vorurteile, Časlav Brukner und Anton Zeilinger über Quanten-Information, Daniel Greenberger und Karl Svozil über Zeitreisen, James Hartle über Interpretationen der Quantenmechanik, Nobelpreisträger Anthony Leggett über die Grenzen der Quantenmechanik, Nobelpreisträger Gerard t' Hooft über Determinismus hinter Quantenmechanik, Carlo Rovelli über relationale Quantenmechanik, Lee Smolin über Matrix-Modelle, Diederik und Sven Aerts über ein Rahmenwerk für Quantenmechanik und Relativität, Simon Saunders über Wahrscheinlichkeit, Jeremy Butterfield über Hamilton–Jacobi Theorie, Yakir Aharonov und Shahar Dolev über Quantenverschränkung, Basil Hiley über nichtkommutative Quantengeometrie, Elitzur und Dolev über eine neue Theorie der Zeit, Geoffrey Chew über Event-basierte Quantentheorie, Fritz-Albert Popp über Biophotonik, und Henry Stapp über Quantentheorie und den menschlichen Geist.

Das Ergebnis — eine Sammlung sowohl aus leserfreundlichen Überblicken, die sogar Laien gerecht werden, als auch aus technischen Analysen mit hartem mathematischem Inhalt — ist eine Fundgrube für alle, die rigoroses Denken über die tiefsten und schwierigsten Fragen in der Wissenschaft schätzen.

AR Quantum mechanics is both the crown jewel and the greatest scandal of physics. It is the deepest, most successful, most exact, and most fruitful physical theory ever devised, and yet it harbors the most absurd riddles and bizarre paradoxes that ever bedeviled the scientific search for reasonable laws in nature.

This book is a direct response to that paradox. The project was conceived and carried through by the Center for Frontier Sciences at Temple University in Philadelphia. Written in elegant but often very technical English, the book brings together fundamental contributions by sixteen of the most brilliant and distinguished thinkers in physics.

The roll call of authors and their topics speaks for itself: Avshalom Elitzur on how to approach the puzzles, Hans-Peter Dürr on escaping classical prejudice, Časlav Brukner and Anton Zeilinger on quantum information, Daniel Greenberger and Karl Svozil on time travel, James Hartle on interpretations of quantum mechanics, Nobel laureate Anthony Leggett on where quantum mechanics may break down, Nobel laureate Gerard t' Hooft on determinism beneath quantum mechanics, Carlo Rovelli on relational quantum mechanics, Lee Smolin on matrix models, Diederik and Sven Aerts on a framework for quantum mechanics and relativity, Simon Saunders on probability, Jeremy Butterfield on Hamilton–Jacobi theory, Yakir Aharonov and Shahar Dolev on quantum entanglement, Basil Hiley on non-commutative quantum geometry, Elitzur and Dolev on a new theory of time, Geoffrey Chew on event-based quantum theory, Fritz-Albert Popp on biophotonics, and Henry Stapp on quantum theory and the mind.

The result — a collection including accessible surveys that even lay readers can enjoy and technical analyses with hard mathematical content — is treasure trove for all who value rigorous thinking about the deepest and most challenging issues in science.

Chemie in Labor und Biotechnik 02/2005

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