Physics

The Virus That Turns Physicists Into Crackpots

First off, let me say I do not wish to sound disrespectful to anybody here, leave alone my colleagues, to most of which goes my full esteem and respect (yes, not all of them, doh). Yet, I feel compelled to write today about a sociological datum I have paid ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Mar 24 2020 - 1:30pm

The Plot Thickens: Yet Another Lattice QCD Calculation Restores The Anomaly Of The Muon Magnetic Moment

In a recent post I discussed the conclusions of a study aimed at computing a small but very important correction to the theoretical prediction of the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon. The interest of this lays in the fact that the latter quantity is v ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Mar 27 2020 - 3:16pm

Gemstone Classification With A Specific Gravity Scale

The isolation that most of the civilized world has been subjected to, during the past few weeks, has produced a number of nasty effects, first and foremost on our economies, but it has also had a few positive ones. One of them is, at least in my case, an u ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Apr 8 2020 - 3:51pm

Nuisance Parameters In Classification Problems: A Simple Example

These days I have been writing a chapter of a book on machine learning for physics, and in so doing I have found myself pondering on how to best explain, in very simple terms, the nocuous effect that model uncertainty may have on the result of a classifica ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Apr 13 2020 - 2:01pm

A Tribute To Teresa Rodrigo

I was very saddened the other day upon learning from a colleague that Teresa Rodrigo Anoro passed away. Teresa was a professor at IFCA, University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain, where she held the position since 1995. At the IFCA she led a strong team o ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Apr 23 2020 - 6:26am

Who Discovered The Top Quark Anyway?

You may be wondering, upon reading the above title of this post, what I am after today: the top quark has been around for 25 years now, and there is no long-standing controversy on who discovered it-almost. Well, I will come to that in due time, but to exp ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Apr 24 2020 - 10:30am

Anomaly!: The Lost Chapters (Part 1)

When I wrote the final version of the book "Anomaly! Collider physics and the quest for new phenomena at Fermilab", four years ago, I had to get rid of a lot of material which would not fit within the strict page limit requested by my prospective ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - May 2 2020 - 11:14am

Anomaly!: The Lost Chapters (Part 2)

The text below is the second part of what could have become "Chapter 13" of the book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab", which I published in 2016. For part 1 see here. Collaboration membership from ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - May 5 2020 - 8:27am

Anomaly!: The Lost Chapters (Part 3)

The text below is the third part of what could have become "Chapter 13" of the book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab", which I published in 2016. For part 1 see here; for part 2 see here. Giromini j ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - May 10 2020 - 10:19am

Two Ground-breaking PhD Offers In Physics (Machine Learning At The LHC)

The offer of Ph.D. positions in Physics at the University of Padova has opened just a few days ago, and I wish to advertise it here, giving some background on the matter for those of you who are interested in the call or know somebody who could be. The Ph. ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - May 11 2020 - 9:36am