052308 - 5/23/08 - Making of the 21st Century The View from...

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5/23/08 - Making of the 21 st  Century – The View from Physics Challenge for international studies What is to be done? Vladi Chaloupka www.phys.washington.edu/users/vladi [email protected] Creation of the univ why is there something rather than nothing?  Concl:  maybe there is nothing cleverly disguised  as something The Central Mystery of Quantum Physics  - we know the mystery but not the solution Andromeda Galaxy Einstein – musician as well Einstein as prophet:  “nuclear weapons changed everything except our way of thinking” Basic problem: Capability of causing extreme harm is or will soon be in the hands of indiv’s or small  groups.  The actual manifestation of the problem will come as an intentional or accidental  mususe of our new powers Illustration:  knowledge of nuclear physics is not sufficient to actually build a nuclear  weaspon (expense, too detectable) Contrast with molecular biology:
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2008 for the course SIS 201 taught by Professor Scottradnitz during the Spring '08 term at University of Washington.

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052308 - 5/23/08 - Making of the 21st Century The View from...

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