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A Novelist Teaches Herself Physics

To explore loss and mystery, Nell Freudenberger journeyed into the atomic world.

The Disappearing Physicist and His Elusive Particle

He ushered symmetry into theoretical physics, then vanished without a trace.

The Spirit of the Inquisition Lives in Science

What a 16th-century scientist can tell us about the fate of a physicist like David Bohm.

Why the Flow of Time Is an Illusion

Getting human feeling to match the math is an ultimate goal in physics.

How Does Turbulence Get Started?

The high stakes of solving one of science’s most obstinate problems.

When Beauty Gets in the Way of Science

Insisting that new ideas must be beautiful blocks progress in particle physics.

How the Universe Remembers Information

A “memory matrix” might solve Stephen Hawking’s black-hole paradox.

What Dark Matter Needs Are New Kinds of Experiments

After 30 years and no results, it’s time to support more entrepreneurial physicists.

How to Get Close to a Black Hole

Want to understand the most mysterious object in the universe? Make one at home.

How Supermassive Black Holes Were Discovered

Astronomers turned a fantastic concept into reality.