Symmetry, Group Theory and Supersymmetry

Symmetry may be very familiar and intuitive to us, but how can we talk about symmetry mathematically? We know that triangles and spheres both possess kinds of symmetry, but how are they related? The mathematics of symmetry can be described by "Group Theory".

When the Laws of Physics Break Down

It's a phrase you'll often hear if you try and press physicists for answers to the most difficult questions. "What happens at the center of a black hole?", "What happened in the first moments of the Big Bang?" Modern physics is currently not advanced enough to be able to give answers to these questions.

Atheism of the Gaps

I think that "atheism of the gaps" is a legitimate fallacy, but not one that atheists often make. I think this term has the annoying potential to be thrown incorrectly at atheists if it starts becoming mainstream.

Stop Using Thermodynamics

I really wish people would stop planting the laws of thermodynamics in their arguments as if they're an irrefutable line of defence. Thermodynamics is 19th century physics, we've moved on.

Is Time a Part of the Universe? A Clarification

This is why I say that the universe must contain time. The universe is best thought of as a static 4-dimensional shape of which slices are all we can perceive. What really bites is that we all perceive different slices of this 4-dimensional shape, and how would that be possible if the universe were only 3D?

Why the Cosmological Argument Fails – Part 1

While I can find no fault with the deductive validity of this argument - the conclusion certainly seems to follow from the premises - I'm afraid this is as successful as the argument gets. Not just one, but both of the premises commit logical fallacies which they hide in the vagueness of their formulation.

Symmetry at the Heart of Physics

It takes a fair few years of a university degree to begin to realise that symmetry is perhaps the most fundamental concept in modern physics. It's no accident that one of the leading candidates for new physics is called "Supersymmetry".

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