LOG#246. GR attacks, GR effects!

Newtonian gravity is not coherent with special relativity. Einstein was well aware about it and he had to invent General Relativity (GR). Armed with the equivalence principle, a mystery since ancient times of Galileo, the equivalence between inertial and gravitational … Continue reading

LOG#245. What is fundamental?

  Some fundamental mottos: Fundamental spacetime: no more? Fundamental spacetime falls: no more? Fundamentalness vs emergence(ness) is an old fight in Physics. Another typical mantra is not Shamballa but the old endless debate between what theory is fundamental (or basic) … Continue reading

LOG#211. Understanding gravity (I).

Hi, everywhere! Have you missed me? A little short thread begins. This thread is based on some Nima’s talk on the understanding on gravity. Do we understand gravity? Classically, yes. Quantumly, it is not so easy. String theory is the … Continue reading

LOG#181. Duality and gravity: a short note.

The 2nd superstring revolution circled/circles about (electromagnetic) duality. In D=4 (or general space-time), duality transformations for the electromagnetic field strength read and for the dual field 2-curvature They are true symmetry for the Maxwell equations in vacuum, , and for … Continue reading

LOG#177. SCHERK, SUSY and SUGRA.

Joël Scherk (not Schrek, the ogre) was a French theoretical physicist with a tragic death. Perhaps his contributions were short, but they were important in the fields of supersymmetry (SUSY), supergravity (SUGRA) and superstrings. Moreover, he also introduced some crazy … Continue reading