Physicist Alan Lightman ponders this and other questions in his new book, "Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine."
Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, he recounts his experience in a Los Angeles Times column first published on April 9, 1987 Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union.
Philip Ball’s new book, “Serving the Reich,” considers how “some of the great 20th century physicists … stayed in Germany throughout the thirties, and in some cases throughout” World War II.
Black holes have been posited as the basis of time machines, gateways to other universes and the seeds from which baby universes are born. Yet the new book "Black Hole" shows that at every step in its intellectual history, the concept of black holes has been resisted tooth and nail by physicists.
Scientists are announcing a "whole new era" of physics with the possible detection of "fingerprints of the big bang in gravitational waves on the whole universe."
Almost 35 years after the original "Cosmos" ignited the imaginations of English-speaking audiences, Neil deGrasse Tyson, whom journalist Bill Moyers describes as "America's most popular scientist," has updated the series for a new generation.
High school teacher Jeffrey Wright has turned his own life experience parenting a special needs child into a lecture that profoundly impacts his students' lives. “When you start talking about physics, you start to wonder, ‘What is the purpose of it all?’ he says. “Kids started coming to me and asking me those ultimate questions."
Physicists worldwide are majorly bummed to learn that the new particle discovered this year that supposedly meant a big change in the way we understand the building blocks of our universe is merely “the simplest -- and most boring -- variety of Higgs boson.”
Remember the announcement that shocked the physics world last September? Scientists claimed to have measured a neutrino traveling faster than the speed of light -- a feat that would have undone Einstein, if, that is, the measurement proves not to have been the result of a bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer, as researchers now suspect.