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The Trouble with Theories of Everything

There is no known physics theory that is true at every scale—there may never be.

The Admiral of the String Theory Wars

After a decade, Peter Woit still thinks string theory is a gory mess.

The Data That Threatened to Break Physics

What does a rational scientist do with an impossible result?

How To Clock a Glacier

Portable slow-light technology could measure the speed of glaciers in real time.

Nostalgia Just Became a Law of Nature

New theories have mixed perception and knowledge into the hardest of sciences.

Is Your Theory of Everything Pure Enough?

Fundamental theories of nature aren’t allowed to hide information.

The Loneliest Genius

Isaac Newton spurned social contact but also relied on it for his greatest work.

Who Really Found the Higgs Boson

The real genius in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery is not who you think it is.

Ingenious: Paul J. Steinhardt

The Princeton physicist on what’s wrong with inflation theory and his view of the Big Bang.

Ingenious: Alan Lightman

The physicist on writing, the writer on physics.