John G. Cramer
|John G. Cramer|
|Born||John Gleason Cramer, Jr.
24 October 1934
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Residence||Seattle, Washington and Westport, New York, U.S.|
|Fields||Nuclear physicist, novelist|
|Institutions||University of Washington|
|Alma mater||Rice University|
|Known for||Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics|
John G. Cramer (born October 24, 1934) is a professor of physics at the University of Washington in Seattle, the United States. When not teaching, he works with the STAR (Solenoidal Tracker At RHIC) detector at the new Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the particle accelerator at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently engaged in experiments at the University of Washington to test retrocausality by using a version of the delayed choice quantum eraser without coincidence counting. This experiment, if successful, would imply that entanglement can be used to send a signal instantaneously between two distant locations (or a message backwards in time from the apparatus to itself). Such "spooky communication" experiments have never been successfully conducted, and only attempted a limited number of times, since most physicists believe that they would violate the no-communication theorem. However, a small number of scientists (Cramer among them) believe that there is no physical law prohibiting such communication.
In addition to his many scientific publications, John Cramer writes a regular column, "The Alternate View", for Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine; Cramer's column alternates with those of Jeffrey Kooistra. He also originated and published a paper on "The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics" (TIQM) in July 1986, which is inspired from the Wheeler-Feynman Time-symmetric theory. His published novels consist of Twistor (1989) and Einstein's Bridge (1997); both within the hard science fiction genre.
Cramer's simulation of the sound of the Big Bang, created using Mathematica, attracted some mainstream press attention in late 2003. The simulation originated with an "Alternate View" article, "BOOMERanG and the Sound of the Big Bang" (January 2001). Cramer describes the sound as "rather like a large jet plane 100 feet off the ground flying over your house in the middle of the night."
John was the 2010 Science Guest of Honor at Norwescon, a large science fiction and fantasy convention in the Seattle area.
Alternate View columns in Analog
See also AV Columns Online
|Title||Volume / Part||Date||Pages||Subject(s)|
|All about teleportation||128 / 7&8||July/August 2008||128-131||Teleportation|
|Tracking Adolf||128 / 10||October 2008||71-73||Genetic genealogy|
|Humans and estimating probability||129 / 3||March 2009||59-53||Inability of most to understand probability|
|Radioactive decay and the Earth-Sun distance||129 / 5||May 2009||61-63||Is there a correlation?|
|Connecting gravity with electricity||129 / 10||October 2009||59-61||Fundamental forces|
|Opus 150: dark forces in the universe||129 / 12||December 2009||35-37||Dark matter|
|The nice way to make a solar system||130 / 3||March 2010||60-62||Evolution of the Solar System according to the Nice model|
|The ice man cometh: the icy reservoirs of the Solar System||130 / 5||May 2010||59-61||Icy bodies in the Oort Cloud, Kuiper Belt etc.|
|The deficiency of black holes at the LHC||131 / 7&8||Jul/Aug 2011||84-86||Could the CERN Large Hadron Collider produce black holes?|
Awards & recognition
- Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1991);
- Nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (1991);
- Listed in Who's Who in America (from 43rd Edition, 1984);
- Elected Fellow, American Physical Society (1974);
- National Science Foundation Fellow at Rice University (1959–61);
- Sigma-Xi Thesis Award at Rice University (1959);
- Bausch-Lomb Science Award at Lamar High School Graduation (1953);
- Scientific Publications of John G. Cramer, Professor of Physics, University of Washington (Current to December 5, 1995)
- The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics - John Cramer's original paper
- BOOMERanG and the Sound of the Big Bang at the University of Washington
- Profile in Marquis Who's Who on the Web.
- John G. Cramer's Home Page - Includes a photograph of the author, contact information, and more
- A Puzzling Signal in RHIC Experiments, Physics News Update Number 723 #2, March 15, 2005 by Phil Schewe & Ben Stein.
- John G. Cramer at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database