When spirituality and physics started to be linked, many scientists called it the use of metaphor. It couldn't literally be true that there was a Tao ...
Fifty years ago, in 1964, physicists Murray Gell-Mann at Caltech and George Zweig at CERN came up with the idea of the quark as a response to the bewildering number of elementary particles that were being discovered at the huge "atom smasher" labs sprouting up all over the world.
Physicists who scorch with tweets don't bother me. They only expose their isolation, arrogance, and self-willed blindness. The big questions about existence aren't shop talk for mathematically savvy professionals working in arcane specializations.
It had all the trappings of a typical Miami funeral. The eulogists, stifling their tears. The aria, Handel's mournful Piangero la Sorte Mia. The loud lamentations of the black laced lloradera.
By now we have all heard about the magnificent landing of Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but this is not the only good news story we should be mindful of. There are many more of these little gems sprinkled over the last few years that you may never have heard of.
With the proposed Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO), expected to be completed in 2019, it seems China is ready to take steps to get ahead, at least in the field of particle physics.
The left-right reversal in this sense always happens in mirroring the object for which left and right can be defined, irrespective of the relative configuration of the object to the mirror. The reason can be explained as follows.
The concept of mind we're all familiar with is fast becoming the mind of the past. The decision maker, the seat of knowledge, the repository of hunche...
"Pick up anything Martin Gardner wrote," advises mathematician, magician and MacArthur award winner Persi Diaconis. "You'll smile and learn something." This is very true, but with over 100 books to choose from, by Gardner's own estimation, where should one start?
The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded last week to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, who devised a way to create a semi-conductor that emits blue, thus enabling the LEDs that illuminate our phones, televisions, and computers. They provide an opportunity for us to reflect back on the cultural potency of blueness.
Sometimes I was almost locked out of my mind by the anxiety. But balancing, to me, is possible if you're willing to stop planning a little bit. On any given day, the next day doesn't seem possible -- but it has to be possible, because you're being pulled.
Felix Francis is the son of the late Dick Francis, who was the bestselling author of more than 40 mystery novels.
Space is not empty but is permeated everywhere by the Higgs field: from the privacy of your bathroom to the most distant reaches of our universe. But because it is a field in Nature, it allows 'empty space' to have its own energy as this field interacts with itself.
In anticipation of this latest round of awards, Thomson Reuters is once again releasing its annual list of Citation Laureates -- scientists whose achievements and quantifiable influence among their peers make them worthy of Nobel recognition.
Like his son, Einstein's father excelled at math but unlike Albert, he pursued a career in business, following in the very successful footsteps of his...
It sounds like some exotic story that you would find in a National Geographic magazine, but it's actually a story that many physicists are increasingly worried about!