If you've been meaning to enter the Foundational Questions Institute essay contest, on the question "Is Reality Digital or Analog?", then you'd better cancel your Valentine's Day date and brew some coffee for an all-nighter this weekend, because the deadline is Tuesday the 15th. I've started to thumb through the entries; they're all freely available and everyone is invited to comment. So many of the submissions to FQXi's first two essay contests, on the nature of time and the limits of physics, were must-reads for anyone interested in fundamental physics, and I have high hopes for this round as well.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
George Musser is a contributing editor at Scientific American. He focuses on space science and fundamental physics, ranging from particles to planets to parallel universes. Musser completed his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering and mathematics at Brown University and his graduate studies in planetary science at Cornell University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Prior to joining Scientific American, Musser served as editor of Mercury magazine and of The Universe in the Classroom tutorial series for K–12 teachers at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a science and science-education nonprofit based in San Francisco. He is also the author of