North Korea’s Hwasong-15 ICBM and The Window of Vulnerability

December 2, 2017 Mbeljac 0

In 1954 President Eisenhower exclaimed that, “soon even little countries will have a stockpile of these bombs, and then we will be in a mess.” Many have, correctly, emphasised that the Hwasong-15 ICBM is a big heavy missile. That’s half the picture. It’s a big missile developed by a small […]

Economic Growth and the Doomsday Argument

November 13, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Say there are two lottery urns, one containing 1000 balls each numbered from 1 to 1000, and the other containing 10 balls each also numbered from 1 to 10. We have two individuals, one Alice the other Bob. Alice will reach into one of the lottery urns, out of sight […]

Why Only US? On The Very Idea of a Social Construction

October 27, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Albert Einstein never won the Nobel Prize for physics on account of relativity, even though it became a well accepted part of our understanding of nature and acquired empirical support well within his lifetime. It was considered too different, too weird for so august a prize although oddly quantum mechanics, […]

The Space Launch System and the Copernican Principle

September 11, 2017 Mbeljac 0

There has been a trifecta of very recent news regarding the Space Launch System, which I almost missed given the frenetic activity associated with North Korea’s strategic nuclear programmes. NASA reports that a full scale model of the core of the Space Launch System, key to a future manned Mars […]

North Korea’s Peanut Shaped Hydrogen Bomb and the W87 Warhead

September 5, 2017 Mbeljac 0

There have been some reports stating that the peanut shape of North Korea’s two-stage thermonuclear warhead displayed, and tested, on September 3 is unlike that of other hydrogen bombs. This is not accurate. The physics package of the W87 warhead also possesses a peanut like geometry. We know this because […]