Natural Sciences

The American Astronomical Society awarded former Members in the School of Natural Sciences with prestigious prizes for outstanding achievements in scientific research, instrument development, and writing.
Clifford V. Johnson , former Member in the School of Natural Sciences, discusses string theory, black holes, and his new graphic novel The Dialogues with physicist Janna Levin and Ira Flatow of NPR's Science Friday . In The Dialogues: Conversations About...
Melissa Pandika of OZY profiles theoretical physicist Tracy Slatyer , former Member in the School of Natural Sciences, whose work, Pandika writes, "could bring physicists closer to detecting dark matter signals by better enabling them to tease these signals apart from similar ones produced...
Professor Nathan Seiberg sat down with Sandhya Ramesh at an event organised by the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences for an interview for the Wire to discuss string theory, experimental evidence, quantum field theory, and more. Read the interview at the ...
“It’s not easy being a 'theory of everything.' A TOE has the very tough job of fitting gravity into the quantum laws of nature in such a way that, on large scales, gravity looks like curves in the fabric of space-time, as Albert Einstein described...
Albert Einstein said that the “most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” He was right to be astonished. Human brains evolved to be adaptable, but our underlying neural architecture has barely changed since our ancestors roamed the savannah and coped...
Edward Witten , Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, reflects on the meaning of dualities in physics and math, emergent space-time, and the pursuit of a complete description of nature with Quanta's Natalie Wolchover . Read more at Quanta...
Since 2009, astrophysicists have been trying to explain the abundance of gamma radiation diffusing from the center of the Milky Way, a production of high-energy radiation far beyond what the known gamma-ray sources suggest. Tracy Slatyer, former Member in the School of Natural Sciences, has...
Physicist Paul Halpern explores the role played by John Archibald Wheeler , former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, in the relationship between former Professor Albert Einstein and former Member Niels Bohr and their debates surrounding quantum mechanics, writing:...
Institute for Advanced Study scholars and collaborators have created the first mathematical model to predict how a cancer patient will respond to immunotherapy , according to a study published in Nature .
Everything that humans have seen up until now exists in the 4.9 per cent of the universe that interacts with light. The rest is hidden from view. Most of it, physicists believe—68.3 per cent—is dark energy, an enigmatic force that drives...
Recent findings on traversable wormholes by physicists including former Members Daniel Jafferis and Aron Wall inspired by the ER = EPR conjecture posed by Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and Leonard...