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segunda-feira, junho 07, 2010

Gravidade como força entrópica: quem é Lubos Motl?

Na internet, Lubos Motl tem sido um dos maiores críticos das idéias de Erik Verlinde. Ele se proclama como uma voz conservadora (em política e com relação à questão do aquecimento global). Ao que parece, Motl também é bastante conservador em física. Isso tem o seu lado bom (Motl é um guardião da ortodoxia) e um lado ruim (é possível ser criativo e conservador ao mesmo tempo?).


Estranhamente, Motl abandonou a academia (Harvard) em 2006 (seu último paper é de 2007). É uma presença polêmica na internet via seu blog Reference Frame. Mas fico curioso em saber do que ele vive, lá na República Tcheca. Será que o blog dá lucro ou ele está morando com a mãe?


Luboš Motl

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Luboš Motl (2004)

Luboš Motl (born 5 December 1973) is a Czech theoretical physicist who worked on string theoryand conceptual problems of quantum gravity until 2006. The following year he left academia, and currently lives in Plzeň, Czech Republic, keeping a blog commenting on physics, global warming, and politics.

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[edit]Early life and education

Motl was born in Plzeň. He received his master degree from the Charles University in Prague, and hisDoctor of Philosophy degree from Rutgers University.

[edit]Career in physics

Motl spent six years at Harvard University, first as a Junior Fellow (2001-2004) and then as an assistant professor (2004-2007). After that he left academia and returned to the Czech Republic. While in Harvard, he worked on the pp-wave limit of AdS/CFT correspondence; twistortheory and its application to gauge theory with supersymmetry; black hole thermodynamics and the conjectured relevance of quasinormal modes for loop quantum gravity; and deconstruction.

Motl translated The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene to Czech, and together with Miloš Zahradník, he co-authored a Czech textbook onlinear algebra (We Grow Linear Algebra). He also authored L'equation Bogdanov[1], a book published in France discussing the scientific ideas and controversy of the Bogdanov Affair.

[edit]Activist commentary

In politics, he was one of the Harvard faculty willing to defend president Lawrence Summers's controversial remarks regarding women in science, stating that Summers's remarks were being mischaracterized.

Motl keeps a blog mainly discussing general science and politics. The blog discusses new discoveries in string theory and theoretical physics, often clarifies commonly discussed physics topics in the popular media, and points out common errors found in `alternative' theories of physics (such as violations of Lorentz invariance, causality, unitarity, etc). He also frequently criticizes what he considers to be alarmism about global warming, and some of the statistical models used by some climate researchers on grounds such as incorrect prior probabilitydistributions.

He has a presence on the Internet, where he often participates in discussions supporting string theory against loop quantum gravity.[2]

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