Map of the Meaning of Physics

The media, at least here in the UK, has gone LHC mad. (All this talk of a big bang: have editors realised there won’t be any results to report in this news cycle, and many to come?) But in celebration of a truly astonishing piece of apparatus, below is my Map of the Meaning of Physics – created with the artist Jeremy Wood.

I put it together during my Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship. The idea is to represent all the key elements that currently lead to metaphysical speculation in physics, or to the rejection of such. And to highlight what I take to be the six key positions that physicists have adopted when and if they think about what physics might mean, or not.

There’s loads that could be said about the map: that is the bulk of the project. For now, enjoy as an object.