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Bacteria Are Masters of Tai Chi

The remarkable science that helped me understand what it means to be a physicist.

Spark of Science: Robbert Dijkgraaf

The director of the Institute for Advanced Study on the wonders of his childhood attic.

To Understand Your Past, Look to Your Future

An alternative to the Newtonian worldview promises to help explain quantum weirdness.

Physics Makes Aging Inevitable, Not Biology

Nanoscale thermal physics guarantees our decline, no matter how many diseases we cure.

Ingenious: Robbert Dijkgraaf

The director of the Institute for Advanced Study on theoretical physics, art, and education.

Why Nature Prefers Hexagons

The geometric rules behind fly eyes, honeycombs, and soap bubbles.

Can a Living Creature Be as Big as a Galaxy?

Why life is constrained to be about the sizes we see on Earth.

How Do You Say “Life” in Physics?

A new theory sheds light on the emergence of life’s complexity.

Describing People as Particles Isn’t Always a Bad Idea

Using physics to describe social phenomena can work—if it’s the right physics.

These Astronomical Glass Plates Made History

Eight foundational images from the archives of the Carnegie Observatories.