Category: physics

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Equiangular lines are an elemental part of geometry. Mathematicians have discovered a tighter limit on the number of such lines that exist in every dimension.

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For decades, researchers believed that violent supernovas forged gold and other heavy elements. But many now argue for a different cosmic quarry. Continue reading

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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

Clockwise from top left: Suchitra Sebastian, Sylvia Serfaty, Helen Quinn, Maryam Mirzakhani, Janet Conrad, Cynthia Dwork, Janna Levin, Elena Aprile and Miranda Cheng.

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.
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Sharon Glotzer

Computational physicist Sharon Glotzer is uncovering the rules by which complex collective phenomena emerge from simple building blocks. Continue reading

This has actually happened:
Anatoli Bugorski was a Russian physicist working at the  Institute for High Energy Physics on an accelerator called the  U-70 synchrotron. 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