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States of motion

Engineers tell us flow describes how fluids or gases behave in relationship to their environment. Flow can be smooth or turbulent. But when it’s turbulent, scientists are baffled about what in the world’s going on. Then again, flow can be a transcendent feeling. It can lift you out of time, make you feel one with the universe. 

  • Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes: The high speed of society has jammed your internal clock, by Chelsea Wald
  • Why the Flow of Time Is an Illusion: Getting human feeling to match the math is an ultimate goal in physics, by Michael Segal
  • Why a Traffic Flow Suddenly Turns Into a Traffic Jam: Those aggravating slowdowns aren’t one driver’s fault. They’re everybody’s fault. Bu Benjamin Seibold
  • This issue also includes contributions from: Julian Barbour, Enrico Brehm, Heather Hansman, Sabine Hossenfelder, Samantha Larson, Grace Lindsay, Gabriel Lynch, Dana Mackenzie, Corey S. Powell, Mark J. Reid, Alex Tinguely, and Andrew Turner.