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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...
The history of each branch of science can be divided into three phases. The first phase is exploration, to see what nature is doing. The second phase is precise observation and measurement, to describe nature accurately. The third phase is explanation, to build theories that...
Juna Kollmeier , former Junior Visiting Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, wants to understand the substance of the universe: What forms space structures like galaxies, supermassive black holes, and the intergalactic medium that fills the gaps between galaxies? “On every physical scale...
Physicist Brian Keating details the process by which breakthrough scientific results can be reached and announced, then peer reviewed and debunked. Though his team believed they'd proven cosmological inflation, a Nobel Prize-worthy discovery if confirmed, the larger cosmology community, including Professor Matias Zaldarriaga, Member James...