The quantum diaries are coming to a close, and - as much as I would like to continue with this endeavour - I have to comply, and post this last one with a choice of three representative posts I had in this blog.
I am writing from a bar in Sesto Val Pusteria, a mountain place where I´ve been skiing today. There is a snowstorm out there, and I am a little nervous since Ilaria is sleeping in the car parked outside. Filippo is checking her out every 10 minutes or so, but if the girls wakes up and finds herself alone in the car she´s not going to like it... So this post will be shorter than I would like it to be, and the reader will forgive a poor grammar here and there.
The first post I would like to reference here is Color flow: http://qd.typepad.com/6/2005/02/color_flow.html
There, in connection with a couple of previous posts that the reader will easily find, I discuss a bit in detail the amazing properties of quantum chromodynamics.
A second post I feel compelled to reference here is called Be smarter than a theoretical physicist: http://qd.typepad.com/6/2005/03/be_smarter_than.html
In that post, I asked readers to solve a little puzzle, called Monty Hall problem. I received lots of response from the readers. The following post to that one is the solution, and a discussion follows. Try it by yourself if you do not know it.
The last post I will mention here is about a funny connection I put up with one of my readers, a 14yo girl from Indiana, very witty and scientifically educated. I had her proofread a paper I was about to submit, and she did it very well. I incorporated her corrections and comments, and cited her in the acknowledgements section:
That is all. I am sorry I could not pick a post where there were nice pictures, but you will find many if you dig through the blog.
It is with a bit of sadness that I leave you, dear reader. One day I might decide to run a blog by myself, but that time has not come yet: too many commitments have prevented me to post as much as I would have liked it. And I am just too maximalist to run something that I do not believe I will be able to run at full power. Time, maybe, will change me. The quantum diaries surely have. I sincerely hope I have entertained a few readers throughout the year, and I had my share of fun in doing it. Good luck to you, dear reader, may science be with you!