Monthly Archives: November 2010

Q: How is the “Weak nuclear force” a force? What does it do?

The original question was: I keep reading on the internet about how it’s the electromagnetic force which causes positive and negative charges and their reactions, it is gravity which pulls all matter together, and it’s the strong nuclear force which … Continue reading

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Q: Does Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem imply that it’s impossible to be logical?

The original question was: The question is in context with Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem. Question: If no formal logic can ever be, complete and consistent, does that mean, humans are illogical beings? Further elaboration of the question:  Imagine a mathematician … Continue reading

Posted in -- By the Mathematician, -- By the Physicist, Logic, Math, Philosophical | 22 Comments

Q: If accelerating charges radiate, and everything is full of charges, then why don’t I radiate every time I move?

The original question was: From what I understand, an accelerating charged object will emit radiation (such as an accelerating electron). However, considering that our bodies consist almost entirely of charged particles, why is it not that we are constantly emitting … Continue reading

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Q: If you zoom in far enough, what do particles look like?

The original question was: According to Gertrude Stein “There is no there there.”  But is there “something” there?  I guess we know that atoms are “there,” but what about the constituent parts?  Electrons, protons, quarks, etc.  Are they really “there,” … Continue reading

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Q: What would you experience if you were going the speed of light?

The original question was: If I’m moving at the speed of light towards you and I throw a tennis ball at you (at, say, 5 m/s), what do you observe? Will I hit you first, the tennis ball, or both … Continue reading

Posted in -- By the Mathematician, Physics, Relativity | 23 Comments

Q: Why is pi not a definite number?

The original question was: If the diameter of a circle is a fixed number, say 10cm, why does Pi go on for billions of numbers even though it extrapolates from the diameter’s value? Why is it not a definite number? … Continue reading

Posted in -- By the Mathematician, Geometry, Math | 4 Comments