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Fundamental Physics Prize: A Russian money shot for string theory.

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Who knew that the Multiverse, Black Holes and all that geeky stuff could score you millions of dollars? In a surprise move that shocked the scientific community, Russian macaroni king turned social media tycoon Yuri Milner – who looks suspiciously identical to a younger Lloyd Blankfein – rocked the quiet life of nine physicists, whose life is never going to be the same. I bet Sheldon from “The Big Bang theory” tv show will finally show some excitement…

Every physics student’s wet dream when they join grad school is to ascend one day to the Olympus of Nobel Laureates, up there in the clouds with Einstein, Feynman and the like. And, of course, Barack Obama and the Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. But most grad students who score the highest points, like the proverbial fly to honey, get inevitably attracted to string theory – that is, the ones who ditch Goldman Sachs job interview. And their Nobel Prize aspirations will never have a chance of materializing – just like that dream house in the Hamptons. That’s because string theory, a.k.a. The Theory of Everything, despite its appalling beauty and tremendous fascination, is not going to come close to the real world any time soon. And since the Nobel Prize may only be awarded to those scientific predictions that pass the merciless test of experiment, that brightest students’ wet dream – alas, among many others – stands no chance of being fulfilled.

This was the status of string theory up until a week ago, when Yuri Milner – Russian tycoon, Facebook shareholder, and former theoretical physicist himself – dropped the bomb: nine overnight wire transfers to as many physicists’ bank accounts, that instantly turned the reclusive scientists into millionaires. Glorifying a lifetime spent on cracking the most fundamental mysteries of the Universe, for the sake of pure knowledge.

The new “Fundamental Physics Prize” amounts to three million dollars and will be awarded at least once a year “for accomplishments in fundamental physics broadly defined.” Needless to say, it dwarfs all other scientific prizes in the world. The Nobel Prize is just $1.2 million…

This year recipients include four members of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Edward Witten and Nathan Seiberg are known for their contributions to String Theory; Juan Maldacena for inventing Holography, according to which our world with three dimensions (height, width, and depth) is just an illusion: it is nothing but a hologram projected from the distant boundary of the universe, which has just two dimensions (like the piece of paper next to your computer screen); Nima Arkani-Hamed, also at Princeton, introduced the weird idea that a large fifth dimension might be discovered at particle accelerators (now running in Geneva) and we could actually shoot particles into it!

Among the other laureates, Alan Guth (he could definitely afford a larger office now, see the picture above), from Caltech, developed the idea that the early universe, immediately after the Big Bang, stepped through a period of ultra fast accelerated expansion that made it so big that most of it is now beyond the reach of the most powerful space telescope; and Andrei Linde, from Stanford, according to whom we might live in one among a gazillion different universes, all of them very far apart and completely different from each other, but still part of a unified “multiverse.”

Needless to say, none of these mind blowing theories have been tested so far. But if, by any chance, one of them will turn out to be true, then brace yourself: even Star Wars will look like Jersey Shore, compared to the amazing and entertaining possibilities fundamental physics will have brought to life…

Luca Mazzucato. Phd Physics.

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  1. In a press release on May 27, 2012 I said : “An operative of CIA-RAW, which works for American rule over India and is responsible for all insurgencies and separatism in India — see ‘What You Should Know About RAW’ ( WhatYouShouldKnowAboutRAWDOTblogspotDOTcom ) — is posting repeated comments on Times of India on how an Indian boy from Bengal who cracked centuries-old Math problems is Tamil because the scientific community in India is predominantly Tamil. Nobel Prizes, even in science, are awarded by Westerners to serve their imperialist interests. It is well known that Tagore got the Nobel Prize because he wrote ‘Jana Gana Mana’ as a hymn to the visiting British emperor. An Indian from Uttar Pradesh would easily merit half a dozen Nobel Prizes but an Economics Nobel was given to a mediocre man, Amartya Sen, as a substitute for the former to keep the Westerners’ crimes against the former covered up; see ‘How India’s Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More’: HowIndiasEconomyCanGrowDOTblogspotDOTcom . Tamils are given Nobel Prizes because they are seen as less resisting of Westerners’ rule/domination of the subcontinent; the British got into the subcontinent primarily through Bengal and Madras. Jews get a lot of Nobel prizes because of their ferocious crimes; see ‘This Is What The Jews Have Been Doing’: ThisIsWhatTheJewsHaveBeenDoingDOTblogspotDOTcom . On knowing this, Rajiv Gandhi when prime minister proposed that India have its own ‘Nobel’ prizes, but RAW nixed it.”

    In response to what I said above, the Jews, through a Jewish billionaire in Russia, have awarded a prize of three million dollars each to nine physicists including an Indian, Ashoke Sen, who, like Amartya Sen, is mediocre, to retain their control of which Indian scientists they will ‘recognize’ — the mediocre ones — and which they will destroy — the best. The Jews’ assault on the world’s greatest scientist in a Harvard University seminar, which I described in a letter to Indira Gandhi as prime minister as “the equivalent of an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India”, exceeds a million times a million of such three million dollar prizes they may award to Indians. The punishment will be commensurate with the crime.

    One paragraph of a letter of mine in Delhi’s ‘Patriot’ newspaper in 1993-94 about the movie ‘Schindler’s List’ (about the Jewish ‘holocaust’ during World War II’) being shown in India was close to the following:-
    ‘Instances of man’s inhumanity to man are a penny a pound, a dime a dozen. It is the rule rather than the exception. If you have the skill and resources, you can use them to devise propaganda to control the emotions and behavior of others to your own advantage. This is what this film is. As if India’s long-suffering billion were not at enough of a disadvantage already, allowing them to be bathed in propaganda devised by India’s enemies will be a horrible mistake.’ In this letter I pointed out ‘Half a million gypsies, said to have migrated from India, were killed by the Nazis. Have any films been shown about that?’

    Another paragraph of my letter in Patriot said:-
    ‘Science and other intellectual products, being the products of behaviour, reflect the characteristics of the behaver and the toxic, deeply deficient, demoniacal nature of jewish intellectual products, whether in physics, such as Einstein’s, or social science, such as Freud’s, is abundantly clear though the jewish stranglehold over the media and the education system — even in India because the media and education system in India now are an appendage of the West’s — prevents any discussion of it.’

    Another paragraph said : ‘The first effect of oppression is economic deprivation. But the jews have always been economically better off than the rest of the population. This was so in the Middle Ages, it is so today. This was so in the Soviet Union, this is so in the United States. Remember Shakespeare’s character, Shylock the jew? How could a member of an oppressed minority be in a position to demand a pound of flesh? The jews have always been the oppressors rather than the oppressed. The so-called pogroms against the jews were the occasional backlash.’ My experience at Harvard University and elsewhere has shown that the jews exercise their oppression with the worst kind of violence.

    Another paragraph quoted an aide of U.S. president Nixon who had said “The Bible says there are the Satanic jews and that’s where all our problems come from” and I wrote ‘Nixon also referred to the total jewish control over the media. Truer words were never spoken by an American. In a letter to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in July, 1982, I referred to an act, by American jews, that was the equivalent of ‘an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India’. If there is nuclear war between India and the U.S. — which is more than likely and which, given proper direction, India will win though India’s official analysts wouldn’t have a clue how, it will be because of the jews. The facts of observation are in accord with the traditional Christian theological view that the jews, by deepest nature, never cease to be the enemies of mankind.’

    For more, see my blog ‘Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S’. :
    NuclearSupremacyForIndiaOverUSDOTblogspotDOTcom .

  2. Physicists and scientists in general with their bigoted materialist only stance are starting to discover what the mystics and sages of all time have already known…that the Universe is multi-dimensional and the we are multi-dimensional Beings evolving on all the planes of Being except the highest. The other levels or membranes are enfolded in the 3 dimensional reality we experience everyday and they have a different molecular structure, density, and vibration frequency. Don’t believe me? Follow the protocol of mystics and yogis and experience the other dimensional for yourself. Tune your consciousness into the other dimensions by focus and concentration and do the hard inner work of identifying and purging yourself of negativity and dross and see for yourself what happens…that is….if you have the courage.

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