Pedro Vieira at the Perimeter Institute

Today’s news are nice indeed for a Portuguese such as me with a persistent enthusiasm for Science, and Physics in particular. I must say that I didn’t know Pedro Vieira‘s work and career, but given his age and excellent achievements thus far, it isn’t difficult to predict a few more good surprises in the years to come.

Perimeter Faculty member Pedro Vieira

Perimeter Faculty member Pedro Vieira

Pedro Vieira’s field of study – Mathematical Physics – was one of my favourites while in College, where my grades were the best ones. So despite the fact of not have been this successful in my Research pursuits, Pedro’s example is and always will be a source of inspiration and in a way a form  of forcing me to look back and reconsider my path in the enthusiasm for Physics and Science. It is always a good time to re-evaluate what we do in Life, what we stand for, what are our preferences and decisions, why things happen in a way and not otherwise. Pedro’s example has made this effect on me today.

It’s been a big year for Perimeter’s Pedro Vieira. He recently won a Sloan Fellowship. Early career researchers who win Sloan Fellowships are widely viewed as people to keep an eye on, and with good reason: 42 of them have gone on to win Nobel Prizes. Now, Vieira’s been awarded the 2015 Gribov Medal, which honours outstanding work in theoretical particle physics or field theory by a physicist who is under 35 years old. The prestigious award is given once every two years by the European Physical Society. In other words, Vieira – who is just 32 – has now won a top award for young physicists on two continents. “We are delighted to see Pedro so widely recognized,” says Perimeter Faculty ChairRobert Myers. “He has a rare combination of mathematical talent and physical intuition, and he is doing remarkable work.” The European Physical Society cited Vieira “for his groundbreaking contributions to the determination of the exact spectrum of anomalous dimensions of N=4 supersymmetric Yang Mills theory and scattering amplitudes, for any interaction strength.”


Photo Source: Perimeter Institute’s website

Mathematics, Magic and Scientific schorlarship

This is a re-post from both Quanta Magazine and Nature&Science Facebook page, my most popular which gives good feelings and makes me sometimes think about not diminish the impact, the cleverness and the knowledge of the Social Media crowd. Even if with a limited audience and without boosting the posts – for obvious cost reasons – there are rewards and real utility in a Social Media page, cause or campaign well executed and properly marketed.

” What happens when a magician who does card tricks becomes a Stanford math professor? Persi Diaconis has used his intuition about card shuffling to help decode messages passed between inmates at a California state prison and to analyze Bose-Einstein condensation. He and his students and colleagues have successfully analyzed just about every type of shuffle people use in ordinary life, except one: “smooshing.” Now he is on a quest to solve it, which could help scientists better understand fluid mixing. ”

Skip Sterling for Quanta Magazine

Skip Sterling for Quanta Magazine

” What happens when a magician who does card tricks becomes a Stanford math professor? Persi Diaconis has used his…Posted by Nature & Science on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

 Photo Source: Sip Sterling

Social Networks and Mental Health – foes or allies?

I will today return here for a post in this Blog that is a re-post from a page that I run in the Social Network Facebook. It is a community page that has been, of all the pages that I created the most successful, with more followers – 263 in total so far. The name of the page is Nature&Science, it is a community page and has this Blog page as the webpage of reference.

Here it is the point of dangers in Social Networks like Facebook. Without going into the details of the study, it is perhaps important to highlight that the problem is exposed in a manner that can be judged in way so as to always regard Social Networks as a mechanism to amplify the problems of the real lives behind the Media profile. So that is an obvious good thing to Social Networks in general, because it emphasises that the real problem isn’t the networks. It is something deeper than that, like the question of Social comparison. But to this vulnerability there is certainly differences between individuals, and we can make Digital Social Networks a tool to mitigate these problems -, by designing them in a way that don’t exacerbate or amplify the deep problems beneath the surface of a Social profile….

 The article that inspired this post was from the news site ScienceDaily titled:

Facebook use linked to depressive symptoms


Here it is the point of dangers in Social Networks like Facebook. Without going into the details of the study, it is…

Posted by Nature & Science on Tuesday, April 7, 2015