I havn't had much time to contribute to my blog recently, so it's looked a little cobwebby, but nonetheless, I came across a link to a web-page that I had previously discovered, then lost, and had once or twice wanted to refind it, and so I've copied it as a link here.
You'll notice that the keyword in the URL is "The Final Theory" which is a pretty good self-description of the content of the link. In fact, it's an ad for a book which I've seen in the Science section of a Paddington bookstore with a sticker on it saying something like "Physics that goes beyond Einstein and Newton (or Hawking, I forget)". Peruse the link at your pleasure.
I've been writing comments on Catallaxy, Andrew Leigh's site and Lavatus Prodeo recently and ignoring my own site! Oh well. In addition, I aim to finish my first substantial paper soon (maybe in a week) – it's just dragging on too long.
Biology, evolution and ecology are so interesting! I'm still reading Dawkins "The Ancestor's Tale" – it's completely interesting and enthralling, and is almost any well-made documentary on the natural world. Maybe this is a later career for me – studying living creatures and their ecosystems. Or something in international relations (ok, this is a fantasy at the moment, but in the future…), or in Earth science, or climate studies, or whole earth studies. It's easy to think that there are too many interesting things in the world!
I've recently signed up for Seti@home and Einstein@home which are distributed computing projects run by Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing at this link:
Seti is, as its name suggests, concerned with attempted to see if a signal from aliens is in amongst a huge amount of data and Einstein@home "is a program that uses your computer's idle time to search for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO (see http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/) and GEO gravitational wave detectors." How interesting and exciting! I remember reading "Black holes and Time Warps" by Kip S. Thorne in the mid-90s in which he discussed the planning for LIGO and the possibility of success, and to now be helping the project in its analysis of data is great, unexpected, and amazing.
Alas, all the jobs at LIGO seem to require you to properly know physics either theoretically or practically, rather than to merely have the potential to. Oh well!