Gravity essay contest due at end of March

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CarlBrannen
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Gravity essay contest due at end of March

Postby CarlBrannen » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:03 pm

Papers for the Gravity Research Foundation's annual gravity essay contest are due on March 31 (before April 1). This year, there are to be 5 cash awards:

1st place: $4000
2nd place: $1250
3rd place: $1000
4th place: $750
5th place: $500
http://www.gravityresearchfoundation.or ... ition.html

The five award-winning essays will be published in the Journal of General Relativity and Gravitation (GRG) and, subsequently, in a special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics D (IJMPD). Authors of all other essays are free and encouraged to publish their essays after May 15th. Authors of essays designated Honorable Mention will be invited to submit their essays to the IJMPD where these may undergo additional refereeing at editorial discretion for possible publication.


This contest is open to all and graduate students may do well. In 2009 my contribution got an honorable mention and was published in IJMPD. This was the first paper I ever published: http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.0660

This year I'm going to write a proposal for a modification of standard GR so that the center of black holes no longer has a singularity. Or at least that's what the plan is.

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Re: Gravity essay contest due at end of March

Postby twistor » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:22 pm

My essay is entitled "What Gravity Means to Me."

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Re: Gravity essay contest due at end of March

Postby CarlBrannen » Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:05 pm

twistor wrote:My essay is entitled "What Gravity Means to Me."


That would be appropriate to the contest, at least it was started that way. The original benefactor, Roger Babson, felt that gravity was responsible for the drowning of his sister and funded the prize in order to find ways of overcoming gravity through gravitational shielding.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_Re ... Foundation

That was 1948. Over the years the prize got fairly prestigious. You will recognize some of the names of winners, such as S. Hawking (six times):
http://www.gravityresearchfoundation.or ... _name.html

Uh, I'm not on the list cause all I got was an honorable mention...




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