Physics

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...
Abstract mathematics sometimes has surprisingly practical applications, to not only physics but other arenas as well. Take, for example, the work of extraordinarily innovative mathematician and former Member Maryam Mirzakhani , whose recent death at the age of 40 has been mourned around the...
John ZuHone of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observator, gives a lecture at the 2016 Prospects in Theoretical Physics Program. Photo by Andrea Kane.
The 2017 Prospects in Theoretical Physics program will celebrate its sixteenth year by convening more than 130 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from around the world at the Institute for Advanced Study from July 17 to 28 to explore “Particle Physics at the LHC and...
Robbert Dijkgraaf , Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor, discusses the complex relationship between mathematics and physics with Brady Haran of Numberphile during the 2017 National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. Dijkgraaf examines the differences between the fields, their powerful connection fostered by the...
Grand ideas have a way of turning up in unusual settings, far from an office or a chalkboard. Months ago, Quanta Magazine set out to photograph some of the world’s most accomplished scientists and mathematicians, including Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg...
Scientists look around the universe and see amazing structure. There are objects and processes of fantastic complexity. Every action in our universe follows exact laws of nature that are perfectly expressed in a mathematical language. These laws of nature appear fine-tuned to bring about life,...
Physicist Paul Halpern honors the life and work of Cécile DeWitt-Morette , former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, who died on May 8 at the age of 94, writing: Starting with the bombing of her family’s house in World War II that...