How to Relax in a Field and Marvel at the Universe

April 12, 2021

Theoretical physics inhabits an area of human knowledge and discourse whose frontier is so hermetic no one other than the physicists themselves may claim to make sense of the discourse they manage to produce. Even the physicists are not always sure of what they understand in their own discourse,...

The Physics and Biophysics of Sound “Healing”

August 09, 2019

The fashionable intelligence at The New York Times has declared sound baths are everywhere, and it’s true. Well-educated people like myself now routinely spend a couple dozen dollars for a few hours in a quiet room listening to ringing gongs, thrumming bowls and shaking rattles....

What Would Happen If Earth Fell Into a Black Hole?

March 21, 2016

A black hole could turn your body—or any other object such as Earth—into space spaghetti. Black holes have long been a source of much excitement and intrigue. And interest regarding black holes will surely grow now that gravitational waves have been discovered. Many of the questions I...