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Hawking and the End of Physics

Is physics ending? Serious people say so, not always seriously. Are they right and should we care? In 1996 American science writer John Horgan wrote a book, The End of Science. His thesis was that all the big stuff has been done already, that what he calls ‘the primordial human quest to understand the universe […]

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The Problem of Small Numbers

Some numbers in the universe feel far too small. Of course a number can be anything; its size cannot be wrong. It is a gut-feel thing. For example Penrose finds the mass of the electron ‘absurdly tiny’. It’s not the only number feel-for-physics finds too small. The most basic numbers bear the name of Planck. […]