Hacking The Universe is about figuring out how things work. Any things. All things. But specifically, for now, information security things and things about science.

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Complex Order From Simple Interactions

“Emergence” is when simple components interact in simple ways but more complex properties, processes, and behavior emerge that were not part of the original pieces or their properties and behavior. Complexity emerges spontaneously in natural systems around us all the time. Ant colonies, birds flocking, chemical interactions, crystallization, traffic flow, and the automata from the […]

The Future of Jobs is Half-full

It has become clear that automation is going to replace many old jobs. But the ramifications of that change is an old issue, going back at least to the Luddites, who destroyed machines that they thought were disrupting their working environment. As robots and automation replace old jobs, they create new technologies and new wealth […]

Our Knowledge of Matter and Energy

We like to think that we know what “elementary particles” are made of, but in fact, while we may know some things about their behavior or interaction with other particles, we know little about their fundamental nature. Here are some of the things we know: Sometimes they act like waves and sometimes they act like […]

1561 – Francis Bacon – bio

Francis Bacon was born in London, England in 1561 and while he was known as an author, a lawyer, a statesman and philosopher, he also is credited with creating a methodology for scientific inquiry. Bacon’s primary work, the “Instauratio Magna” (Great Restoration), was never finished but was outlined in six parts to follow a biblical […]

CERN Detects a Pentaquark

Quarks are the pieces that combine to make protons and neutrons and other composite components known as hadrons. There are two main “families” of hadrons, categorized by how the quarks combine. Baryons, such as protons and neutrons, are composed of three quarks. Mesons are composed of a quark and an anti-quark, and are involved in […]

1898 – Leo Szilard – bio

Leo Szilard was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1898, and was a physicist. He is mostly known for creating the idea of a chain reaction and held a patent with Enrico Fermi for the nuclear reactor. He also invented the linear particle accelerator, and created ideas for the cyclotron and electron microscope. PRECURSOR: 1831 – […]

-0600 – Sushruta – bio

Sushruta lived in Northern India near the modern city of Benares (or Varanasi) and taught the principles of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery along the banks of the river, Ganges. He authored one of the earliest texts on medicine and surgery, known as “Sushruta Samhita”, which contains descriptions of illnesses and medicinal plants, and many surgical […]

A Singularity of Morality

A singularity of intelligence and technology is what the term “the singularity” usually references, and the original primary use of the term described gravitational collapse into a black hole. In a general sense, singularities of all types are characterized by rapid growth in some factor that dramatically changes the entire landscape being described. The gravity […]

0598 – Brahmagupta – bio

Born in 0598 in the region of north western India currently known as Rajasthan, Brahmagupta is best known as the first mathematician to establish rules for working with the number “zero” as a quantity instead of a placeholder or a lack of quantity. He made one of the first documented attempts to use the principles […]

0476 – Aryabhata – bio

Born in the Assak region of central India around 476, Aryabhata was an Indian mathematician and astronomer who wrote a text in Sanskrit that is known as the Aryabhatiya. It was written in poetic verse and is a compilation of Indian knowledge of astronomy and mathematics at the time. Through this text, Aryabhata became the father […]