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1:28 AM
I've been at this for awhile now, every troll is the same. They will do anything they can to get an idea they don't like off the internet. — the-moon-is-still-there 3 mins ago
Those notorious Physics SE trolls like me, Anders Sandberg, G. Smith and Niels Nielsen
2:16 AM
i need a physics joke
to revitalize me
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4:04 AM
@SirCumference When Rutherford moves to Cambridge, his colleagues had a problem with him because he was very loud.
After few days he talked on telephone with someone in America, during the dinner he said to professors and colleagues “today I spoke from here and everyone could here me on that whole continent” , however one of his colleagues said “I doubt you needed an apparatus for that” .
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5:46 AM
Please consider how badly this site failed at progressing scientific knowledge when you hear about this in the news. — the-moon-is-still-there 4 hours ago
is my favorite one
(though, in absolute fairness, I find consciousness-causes-collapse interpretations pretty distasteful, and I dislike the extent to which pop-sci treatments of QM try to pose it as such. looking at you, what-the-****-do-we-know)
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9:29 AM
@JohanLiebert Are you that Kyubey? I know you’re Kyubey.
@Knight Yes I am. I told this to fakemod and Abhas but it seems you didn't noticed it!
9:49 AM
*am $\Rightarrow $ was
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12:09 PM
@tpg2114 I tried what you said and got the conclusion that "No, even if we are given moment of inertia about infinitely many axes through COM then too it's not possible to give the exact distribution of mass around any given axis."
@JohanLiebert That seems consistent with what JMac's intuition said as well. I haven't tried it, so I don't know for sure -- but while it may not be possible to do it for an arbitrary shape, you might be able to do it for some specific ones (maybe exactly, or maybe it requires approximation)
For example, wheel or rotor balancing machines -- they spin up the body, measure the vibration, and then figure out where and how much mass to add or remove to get rid of the unbalance that causes vibration
That may take some approximations though, rather than exact expressions... I haven't looked into how they work
The other thing -- what if you don't use axes through the COM? If you picked different axes in other locations and measured the moment of inertia about those, could you back out the mass distribution? I suspect you might need 2 or 3 at a minimum with different orientations and origins.
@tpg2114t actually I was searching for counter examples of the statement "Given moment of inertia about infinitely many axes we can predict the exact mass distribution." And I was able to find a counter example, the case of a hollow sphere and a solid sphere (as they have the same moment of inertia).
@tpg2114 is it scientifically correct to make such conclusion from one counter example?
@JohanLiebert It depends on what your hypothesis is. If you have the hypothesis "Given the moments of inertia about the center of mass, it is possible to find unique mass distribution of any body" then yes, a single counter example disproves your hypothesis and is a valid conclusion
If you have the hypothesis "Given the moments of inertia about the center of mass, it is possible to find unique mass distribution of some bodies", then all you need to do is find 1 body where that is possible and you will have proven your hypothesis, and so that would be a valid conclusion also.
So a single counter-example will disprove the first hypothesis, while no number of counter-examples can disprove the second (unless you tested every single possible body, which can't be done since it's effectively an infinite number).
Likewise, a single example where you can calculate it will not prove the first hypothesis, while a single example where you can calculate it will prove the second
@tpg2114 I did this with axis through centre of mass because we have parallel axis theorem and perpendicular axis theorems which give moment of inertia through shifted or rotated axes.
@JohanLiebert It's been about... 15? years since I've had to calculate a moment of inertia, so I'd have to think about the precise steps that would be needed... heh.
@tpg2114 so I guess you are about 30 years old?
I'd approach it as solving a differential equation for $dI/dr = r^2 \rho(r)$ where $\rho(r)$ is the density as a function of position. If I picked multiple non-orthogonal, non-collocated axes and tried to solve that system of equations, I wonder if I could get a unique distribution
@JohanLiebert Roughly, yeah
The differential equation approach wouldn't give an exact, closed form answer I'm guessing. Except for maybe some very specific shapes. And I'm not sure it would give a unique solution, without some assumptions added like continuous or discrete mass distributions or something
12:47 PM
Thanks for helping. I would give it a shot when I get familiar with solving the questions on moment of inertia. Thanks again.
Not sure I helped at all ;) But good on you for trying to work it out on your own -- that's the best part about learning the tools of physics! You get to try and figure out answers to your own questions
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1:54 PM
@Semiclassical I actually spent several minutes replying to some now deleted conversations between me and OP. I think the underlying question could have possibly been phrased so that it was on topic. I tried to explain that the way the question was framed wasn't really appropriate for the site. It was only after they replied to that with "You're trying to kill ideas" that I decided to stop engaging, then they made the troll comment after someone else tried to help.
Question: An example of perfect diamagnet is a superconductor. This implies that when a superconductor is placed in a magnetic field of intensity B, the magnetic field $B_S$ inside the superconductor will be
Options: 1) $B_S$= -B , 2) $B_S=0$, 3) $B_S=B$, 4) $B_S \lt B$ but $B_S \neq0$
My answer is (1) , but the book is writing that inside any perfect material the magnetic field is always zero. Please explain
The Meissner effect (or Meissner–Ochsenfeld effect) is the expulsion of a magnetic field from a superconductor during its transition to the superconducting state when it is cooled below the critical temperature. The German physicists Walther Meissner and Robert Ochsenfeld discovered this phenomenon in 1933 by measuring the magnetic field distribution outside superconducting tin and lead samples. The samples, in the presence of an applied magnetic field, were cooled below their superconducting transition temperature, whereupon the samples cancelled nearly all interior magnetic fields. They detected...
TBH though I know next to nothing about superconductivity, I just vaguely remembered that and googled it.
2:10 PM
why every atom has a unique spectral lines, I know spectral lines help us to identify the properties of substance , and that, s what basis Raman , but I have a question, question is every substance consist of atom, and every atom consist of electron, and electron are like fizzy cloud Tha, s what shordinger equation says, so what make the spectral lines different although every substance has same thing?
@YuvrajSingh... The energy (and other properties?) of the components and amount of those components changes with the atom/isotope though. I'm pretty sure spectral lines have something to do with discrete energy levels and the specific distribution of electrons/neutrons/protons in the atom. The fizzy clouds aren't the same shape for every atom as far as I know (but I'm remembering this from chemistry, I never really studied QM).
2:54 PM
@j Mac Thanks sir for replying let see what other say about it!
This is the way this great site has survived, I don't what to say...
... I don't really know what you're trying to say.
I'm saying that that comment is of the year 2013 and at that time people were facing problem about whether this SE is of any help or not, but due to people like @tpg2114 it has survived
3:09 PM
@Knight As far as I know that was about maintaining a certain amount of actual professional physicists on the site to maintain a high quality of questions and answers. I think it's actually quite debatable whether or not we managed to maintain a good level of professional physicists. Quite a few high status people had left around that time from what I've read.
@JMac Did they leave only because of quality was deteriorating ?
not necessarily. We move too fast. Professional physicists don't usually have the time to dedicate to this site to catch all the questions they could answer. We get a lot of graduate students, masters degrees, and retired physicists, but not professors. Some, but not a lot
@Knight It had to do with the "critical mass" problem AFAIK. There weren't enough high level physicists using the site, so high level physicists didn't find much interest in the site and would leave, making the problem even worse for the remaining high level physicists. Basically, you need enough high level questions to keep high level answers interested, and there was concern that we didn't have enough to maintain that.
But this site is manufacturing professional physicists and they will contribute
No there was a certain user. And some people were in his support and some against him( and some who didn't cared). When he was suspended due to issues related to his behavior on the site. People in his support left this site to make physics overflow. (Though it might be the partial truth as I don't know anything more than what I have read on meta.)
3:15 PM
Here comes @PM2Ring Sir
@Knight This site might be a tool to help people on their journey, but I wouldn't say it's manufacturing them at all. This site really isn't set up to teach people entire subjects or turn them into professionals. Becoming a professional generally involves being in academia first; not just looking at SE.
@JohanLiebert Who is he?
Q: Physics is rotting into a bad situation, a request for community manager intervention

Vanished UserPhysics Stack Exchange is experiencing the throes of very bad days. Lots of main and key users (compared to the total number of them) have left or are leaving. Examples of community destruction, with such users leaving, have been discussed in Physics Meta posts: Have we lost the necessary cri...

@Knight Note that the member who posted that is still an active contributor to the site.
@JMac Not merely academics can make them good physicists
@PM2Ring Yes, and he is very modest too (just like you)
3:17 PM
This was so terrible (exaggeration?) a situation that it reached the mother meta(☝).
However, we have lost a lot of experts. One member has a Nobel prize. He's still a member, but hasn't been active for several years. :(
Lubos Motl too stopped posting since last year.
@PM2Ring Who's he?
@Knight I would say academics is one of the better ways to produce a good physicist, especially when compared to using a Q&A site instead. We're a good resource to help along the way, but I would not want anyone to consider us the driving factor in their education.
3:22 PM
Gerardus (Gerard) 't Hooft (Dutch: [ˈɣeːrɑrt ət ˈɦoːft]; born July 5, 1946) is a Dutch theoretical physicist and professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He shared the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics with his thesis advisor Martinus J. G. Veltman "for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions". His work concentrates on gauge theory, black holes, quantum gravity and fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics. His contributions to physics include a proof that gauge theories are renormalizable, dimensional regularization and the holographic principle. == Personal life == He...
@PM2Ring Why did he leave?
@Knight I don't know. I have some guesses, but it was before I became active on the Physics stack.
@PM2Ring Your guesses must be very close to reality, can you please tell those
@Knight Maybe he got sick of all the low-quality homework questions... Actually, I think he got sick of a couple of trolls that have since been banned. ACM or John Rennie probably know more details. However, it's against the policy of this room to gossip about suspended people, since they aren't here to defend themselves.
I think he got sick of a couple of trolls that have since banned. How can someone troll a man like him? I'm not asking about trollers (if that's the right term) but why Nobel Laureate Mr. Hooft got trolled?
3:34 PM
Let's simulate a country and use AI to tell us the best way to run it? Like, AI creates the perfect government system.
in Tavern on the Meta on Meta Stack Exchange Chat, 7 mins ago, by Machavity
If you ever think SE is a mean place, just remember Aviation.SE was nice to this guy
no communism, no capitalism, no socialism... let's just let AI tell us the best way to do stuff so to maximize living standards, minimize suffering and increase productivity.
@Knight See HOW to BECOME a BAD THEORETICAL PHYSICIST by Gerard 't Hooft.
@NovaliumCompany Sure. Some of us have been advocating that for decades. There are a couple of problems, though. 1. Developing a sufficiently powerful AI. 2. Determining that you can trust the AI.
@PM2Ring hi sir! How are you?
Hi, @Yuvraj.
3:42 PM
@PM2Ring Thank you so much for giving me that link.
@PM2Ring sir have you seen my question? I posted in the room.
@PM2Ring But why such a good man got trolled?
@Knight It's great, isn't it.
@Knight Because trolls troll people.
I don't think there is any rationale behind it, other than being a troll.
@PM2Ring Yes it was great.
3:43 PM
in Tavern on the Meta on Meta Stack Exchange Chat, 2 hours ago, by PM 2Ring
BTW, I'm melting here. We finally had a few days of solid rain here in Sydney, which has cleared up the smoke haze. But today the temperature got up into the high 30s. It's now after midnight, but it's still around 28°C here, and rather humid.
@tpg2114 I really liked that comment of yours. I have uploaded a pic of it.
@PM2Ring then what should we consider flat-earthers then? (😂)
@PM2Ring Well, someone should work on those problems right? Trusting the AI is easy because you don't employ it to rule. You simulate a country on a powerful computer, let the AI do stuff and see the results. Then it's your choice whether to employ that technique on the government.
@PM2Ring Where can I read more about the topic?
@Knight That was a really long time ago... Who knows what else is buried away on Meta. Fortunately, the site today doesn't have nearly as many challenges as it did back then.
@PM2Ring this one sir!
why every atom has a unique spectral lines, I know spectral lines help us to identify the properties of substance , and that, s what basis Raman , but I have a question, question is every substance consist of atom, and every atom consist of electron, and electron are like fizzy cloud Tha, s what shordinger equation says, so what make the spectral lines different although every substance has same thing?
3:45 PM
Or at least, we have different ones now than we did then
@NovaliumCompany Your idea has merit, but a sufficiently sneaky AI can still screw you if it wants to.
@tpg2114 People like you kept it alive by staying yourselves hungry but giving your bread to the needy ones.
@PM2Ring Wow, the first time I give a reasonable idea, yay.
@NovaliumCompany See recent reports about AI giving minorities more jail time than non-minorities, and AI giving minorities worse health care than non-minorities for a good starter...
@NovaliumCompany Today we got all good people here.
3:47 PM
I've been reading this: amazon.com/Where-Good-Ideas-Come-Innovation/dp/1594485380 I guess it helps.
Unfortunately, AI needs data to be trained on and data comes from the programmers. So AI ends up with all of the implicit and explicit biases of the people who built it baked in
@NovaliumCompany Two of them are missing, John Rennie and ACM
@NovaliumCompany Apart from Yudkowsky? Lot's of sci-fi writers have explored the concept over the years. Eg, John Varley's Steel Beach
Also see reports about facial recognition failing to recognize minorities because it was trained on mostly non-minorities...
Yes it became very controversial
3:48 PM
Well, I'll think about the idea. It's an interesting topic.
@PM2Ring Btw, he never replied to my email. Guess I really was a bit rude :P
Just remember -- theory is nice and all, but implementation is reality. Most governments humankind has come up with are nice and functional, in theory, but fall apart in the implementation.
@tpg2114 Yeah, I'm not saying it's perfect. It's just something that popped up in my mind and I decided to share.
@NovaliumCompany You might enjoy this comic: smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2569
@PM2Ring xD good one
I don't know how the AI measures happiness but sure xD if it measures dopamine in the brain, then give me some drugs.
@JohanLiebert I avoid flat-earthers. IME, they're impervious to rational argument.
3:54 PM
Too much dopamine in the brain will not make you feel very happy
It may lead to psychosis though
Depends on what you mean by "happy".
If it's neurochemicals, we can cheat... but there are consequences as every drug addict knows at some point.
Oh I'm just saying that it's not just more dopamine = more happy
Would be nice if things worked that easily
@Slereah Yeah of course. Otherwise, drug addicts will be the happiest people in the world.
Also dopamine doesn't regulate happiness directly
It deals with decision making
That's why coke fiends are highly motivated
How would you define happiness?
3:58 PM
Do I have to
I mean I know when I experience it
That's like asking me to define the color blue, as a qualia
@PM2Ring I like to watch others interact with flat earthers just to see the hoops they jump through to avoid rational arguments, but I quickly lose patience when actually trying to talk to them.
Why people keep on doing addictive behaviour even if they no longer experience any pleasure from it?
For a start physical dependence
not doing the behaviour feels much worse
also the reward mechanism of the brain isn't directly related to the decision mechanism
it is entirely possible to only take terrible decisions
I do it every day
@Slereah Of course not, but for us to have a rational conversation on happiness, I would first need to know what you mean by happiness. I define it as positive brain chemicals (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin...) in the brain.
If brain cannot live in dispair and always need happiness then how an addict can ever be cured?
4:04 PM
@NovaliumCompany Not a bad idea but you can be flooded with such chemicals and have an absolutely awful time!
@Knight I'm pretty sure for most people they still get pleasure from the additive behaviour. It's just not as pleasurable as it originally was. For hard drugs I've heard it called "chasing the dragon"; basically trying to get the same amount of pleasure as they originally got from the addiction.
As I mentionned, psychosis can result, for a start!
also the brain can grow resistant to them
if they are present often enough
@Slereah Exactly, that's why drug addicts suffer. They adapt and adjust to constantly having those chemicals (due to the drugs they buy) and when their money is over, they suffer from lack of drugs (or lack of that high state they've been on for months)
@JMac @Slereah I think only getting social can treat addiction.
Drug addicts suffer for a wide variety of reasons
4:06 PM
@PM2Ring I am upset sir!
Also not all people react to drugs the same way!
Subsections of the population will not get any euphoria from some drugs
@Slereah True.
Here come John Rennie Sir
Given how brains develop, it's amazing enough that our brains are at all similar
Добре дошъл, JohnRennie.
4:07 PM
@Knight Getting social can also cause addictions to relapse, depending on who you socialize with. Isolation can lead to addiction, but so could having bad social influences.
@NovaliumCompany hi :-)
@Slereah I'd say, happiness is something you experience from time to time due to positive brain chemicals. How 'bout that?
@JMac Yes, of course.
@NovaliumCompany You could induce it entirely without chemicals!
The chemicals are only an indirect way to do it
Deep brain stimulation can do it, for instance
It's more about the neuron excitations than the chemicals, rly
I thought those "neural excitations" are neurotransmitters?
4:10 PM
Neurology is complicated, I'm afraid
Fun fact
do u know why elephants have big brains but yet are not smart
Elephants aren't smart?
compared to humans, certainly
they lack connections, donno
despite having a big old brain
I mean there are several reasons, but a big one is apparently just that their neurons are just much bigger compared to humans???
4:12 PM
this is the first time I hear this
The trap was that a common reason given being "Because they are bigger", but brains don't really scale up that much with size
ie dinosaurs had a tiny brain, and yet
@Slereah Because Minecraft.
"We often hear 'bigger is better' which might be true for pay-checks but not for other things." hehe
he he he
"Elephants have about 7,000 neurons per mg of brain tissue. Humans have about 25,000. Birds have up to 200,000. That means a small crow can have the same number of neurons as a pretty big monkey."
They big
"Sure, some people point out that elephants have more neurons than humans. But most of those are in the cerebellum, which maybe should’t count. If you focus on cortical neurons, humans have 15 billion and elephants only five billion."
@Slereah Crows are also smart as hell apparently.
I have yet to see a crow on Stack Exchange
Anyway my message is
4:18 PM
@Slereah I've yet to see someone on stackexchange use a series of sticks to get a treat out of a cage.
don't do (too much) drugs, kids!
What do elephants need so many cerebellum neurons for? It's not like they run and jump all the time.
Only do an adequate amount
@NovaliumCompany Their elephant parades
@JMac Sounds like an X Y problem to me
@YuvrajSingh... Why are you upset?
ok I'mma go back to me book.
4:20 PM
@PM2Ring you haven, t reply, not even in yes or no!
@YuvrajSingh... The electronic orbital structure of all atoms follows a similar pattern to the pattern of hydrogen, because Pauli exclusion dictates the energy levels. But there are important differences! To a first approximation, you can pretend that the electrons don't interact with each other, apart from the inner electrons shielding the outer electrons from the charge of the nucleus. But that approximation breaks down when you want to calculate the atom's behaviour more accurately.
4:49 PM
@JMac I have just read The Shadow Of What Was Lost. Very enjoyable it was too :-)
5:24 PM
@JohnRennie Oh wow, nice. Did the ending reveal hook you in like it did for me?
Cadeon is <spoiler censored>!
I thought it was quite a big reveal given that this is only the first book in the trilogy.
I'm not going to read the second book for a while though as I have a load of other books stacked up.
@JohnRennie That would drive me crazy haha
@AaronStevens these are epic fantasies - 600 pagers! It took me three evenings to read the first book!
@JohnRennie Yeah, that's totally what had me hooked. Book 2 kinda has a lot of infodumps about that reveal in the form of memories. Thankfully the author also includes a little recap before the other books (I think book 2 does, book 3 definitely does). I've heard it does get a bit confusing if you wait too long between books; but that's probably more so having a long wait between book two and three, due to all the stuff in the infodumps.
@JohnRennie If it only took you 3 evenings then it must have been good
5:33 PM
I thought it was a fairly standard epic fantasy. Doughty hero, loyal friends, super powerful evil villain, etc. Good fun though and lots of interesting ideas.
An author that I have only read 2 books from that I want to read more from is Blake Crouch
@AaronStevens I generally read or a couple of hours in the evening and get through about 200 pages.
@AaronStevens I've got several if his books but I haven't read any of them next.
@JohnRennie The two I have read are "Dark Matter" and "Recursion". I greatly enjoyed both of them.
He does a great job at taking a scientific idea, adding a bit of fiction to it, and then taking it to amazing places
Next will probably be The Vanished Birds or Riot Baby.
@JohnRennie I thought it had a good mix of tropes and subverting the tropes enough to keep it interesting. One thing I really liked was the use of time travel and people seeing the future exactly. It lead to some interesting questions about freewill, and I found the author did a good job addressing that.
5:40 PM
Anyhow, my armchair (and e-reader) are calling me :-)
6:34 PM
What's going on in here?
@DanielSank Pretty quiet right now.
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7:45 PM
::stops making noise::
What noises do octopodes make?
@ACuriousMind !
An octopus question to which I do not know the answer.
Oh btw I bought this and it's really cool.
@ACuriousMind Aw you corrected it. I was trying to come up with some joke about octoposes... on second thought it's probably for the best.
@Knight anyone who wonders why 't hooft left (long ago, a loss/ shame) should have a close look at this, and it echoes many of my own sentiments/ feelings/ experiences...
Q: Why do people categorically dismiss some simple quantum models?

G. 't HooftDeterministic models. Clarification of the question: The problem with these blogs is that people are inclined to start yelling at each other. (I admit, I got infected and it's difficult not to raise one's electronic voice.) I want to ask my question without an entourage of polemics. My recent p...

@JMac Humans are not meant to know of the octopose
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9:05 PM
physics.stackexchange.com/questions/526718/… Best question title I've seen in awhile.
For a certain definition of best, yes.
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10:10 PM
@NovaliumCompany have been reading your musings/ angst on AI verging on philosophy. here is something that seems not to have been cited yet. Bostroms writing (academic/ scientific/ philosophy bkg) is very similar to some of your questions/ concerns/ povs. he wrote an excellent book. do not agree with all of it but hes one of the Big/ Deep Thinkers on the subj, no survey complete without it, see eg newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/…
@PM2Ring the comic is maybe much deeper than the writer realizes (smbc sometimes has a near zen feel to it...) substitute "money" for "happiness" and "1%" for "felix". aka wealth inequality. the optimizing computer is called "invisible hand (mindless) capitalism"... the happiness measurement is GDP growth. etc

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