Physics

Jeremy Bernstein , Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences from 1957–1959, gives a personal account of his time at the Institute, third IAS Director J. Robert Oppenheimer , whom he calls a "man of fashion in physics," and the field of theoretical...
Nautilus presents short excerpts from nine of Freeman Dyson ’s letters taken from his new book Maker of Patterns, with a focus on his relationship with the physicist Richard Feynman. Dyson and Feynman had both professional and personal bonds: Dyson helped interpret...
Kai Bird of the New York Times reviews Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson 's Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters (Liveright, 2018), writing: "He knew Albert Einstein , Richard Feynman, Julian Schwinger and, well, just about anyone worth knowing in the...
Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and Member Douglas Stanford will give the public lecture “ The Cool Alter-Ego of a Black Hole ,” on Friday, May 4 , which will take...
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Lorentz Medal to Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, for his seminal contribution to the understanding of the quantum physics of black holes. The medal, which will be...
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...
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...
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:...
Frequent Director's Visitor Graham Farmelo reviews The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality by physicist Paul Halpern. The work, he writes, “confirms the received opinion that Feynman was one of the greatest intuitive problem-solvers in...
Max Tegmark , physicist and former Member in the School of Natural Sciences, sat down with Massive's Nadja Oertelt to explain how artificial intelligence can help us to "unlock the full potential that’s latent in nature and use it...
Philip Anderson won the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery of what is now called Anderson localization, a term that refers to waves that stay in some “local” region rather than propagating the way you’d expect. He studied the phenomenon in the context...