These are the opening words to David Bowies brilliant song Life on Mars and although the song is great Bowie couldn’t have been more wrong. As I write this Europe’s latest mission, ExoMars has just been launched by a Russian Proton rocket and is on its way to the Red Planet to look for the […]Read more "A God-Awful Small Affair!"
After I had written about how we think the Universe got started I realized that we had left off with a Universe consisting only of gas and radiation. That it came into being at all is pretty amazing but to be honest, a ball of hot gas and energy isn’t very useful, especially if […]Read more "Once Upon a Time. The Sequel!"
The Standard Model of particle physics describes all elementary particles as point-like objects. Hence, they neither extend in any direction nor possess any internal structure. Despite its tremendous success in predicting any physical phenomena in particle physics, we can be sure that it is incomplete since it describes only three interactions, leaving gravitational interaction behind. […]Read more "String Theory – part 6: The Basic Principles"