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Understanding The Great Discovery of A Universal Gravitational Wave Background by the Interational Pulsar Timing Array Collaboration.

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Currently I am an adjunct professor at the College of DuPage. My research focuses on astrophysics from massive star formation to astroparticle physics. Born and raised in Chicagoland I have lived... Read More »

To day I have posted my innagural you tube video. It is the introduction to my little channel where I will produce and post some videos where I explain Quantum Mechanics to people in a simple and understandable way. At least I hope it will be understandable. This is just an introduction to me. I will cover the topics of kets, bra's, ket spaces, Hilbert spaces, operators on hilbert spaces, measurement, and Finally present the axioms of quantum mechanics.

This essay is all about how society perceives scientist. From many different perspectives. I ask and try to answer the question. Why does science hold interest for so few people?


Do a quick google search of the terms stereotypes of scientist. What you will find is many links about various studies. They speak of the pictures that children draw when they think of a scientist. Consider the following: [1]

Quantum gravity can be understood by considering the logical consqquences of a single unifying postulate or principle of nature. I call it the postulate of quantized space time. First some observations. The Gravitational force seems to pervade the entire universe. However gravity is the weakest of all the forces in the entire universe. To get a easily measurable force of gravity there needs to be a planetary or larger mass nearby. So any theory of quantum gravity must require a large amount of mass to create a small effect in space time. Gravity also seems to be an exclusively attractive force. It also has only monopole and quadrupole moments. The lowest radiative gravitational moment is the quadrupole moment.

"The science of gender bending and transsexualism"(1) has been and probably always will be controversial.  In this composition I will examine how that controversey usually plays out.  In short their are two points of view.  Call them science through dark colored glasses.  Where everything is about and directly related to sexuality (i.e. BBL theory or even Benjamin's work).  Then there is science through rose colored glasses.  Where nothing about being a transsexual has anything to do with sex....even though the theory they like is all about the "wiring" of the sexual centers of the brain.