Albert Einstein was one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, influencing scientific thought immeasurably. He was also not shy about sharing his wisdom about other topics, writing essays, articles, letters, giving interviews and speeches. His opinions on social and intellectual issues that do not come from the world of physics give an insight into the spiritual and moral vision of the scientist, offering much to take to heart. Continue reading
Top women in mathematics and physics discuss how they got to where they are — and why there aren’t more of them. Continue reading
Quanta Magazine invites readers to share about their early math and science learning experiences and to explore the interactive survey results.
Computational physicist Sharon Glotzer is uncovering the rules by which complex collective phenomena emerge from simple building blocks. Continue reading
This has actually happened:
was a Russian physicist working at the on an accelerator called the . In 1978, he stuck his head inside the tube in order to diagnose a problem, when a safety mechanism failed, and the particle beam hit him in the head. Continue reading
Time crystals may sound like something from science fiction, having more to do with time travel or Dr. Who. These strange materials — in which atoms and molecules are arranged across space and time — are in fact quite real, and are opening up entirely new ways to think about the nature of matter. They also eventually may help protect information in futuristic devices known as quantum computers. Continue reading
Consciousness appears to arise naturally as a result of a brain maximizing its information content. So says a group of scientists in Canada and France, which has studied how the electrical activity in people’s brains varies according to individuals’ conscious states. The researchers find that normal waking states are associated with maximum values of what they call a brain’s “entropy”.
One extra point (in general I agree with Continue reading). I studied both in Russia and Israel (Technion – Israel analog of MIT – AFAIK Israel high education system is much closer to USA, many professors worked at some time in their careers in leading USA universities, many students do their docs / postdocs in USA etc). While textbooks generally speaking were better and “easier”, and courses materials were presented slower in Israel, teaching capabilities of professors and teaching assistants were much better in Russia.