The Planets with the Giant Diamonds Inside
Mining the mysteries of Uranus and Neptune.
The End of Reductionism Could Be Nigh. Or Not.
Quantum mechanics seems to have a problem with the order of time, which might signal the need for an entirely new type of law.Illustration by Ekaterina Kulaeva / Shutterstock The history of science so far has been a triumph of reductionism. Biology can be reduced to chemistry, chemistry can be reduced to atomic physics, and […]
Is the Universe Open-Ended?
An intriguing proposal about what makes reality tick under the surface.
My 3 Greatest Revelations
The author on writing his new book, “The Ascent of Information.”
Our Little Life Is Rounded with Possibility
Science expressed only in terms of what happens is getting in the way of progress.
The Profound Potential of Elon Musk’s New Rocket
An aerospace engineer explains why SpaceX’s Starship will change everything.
The Country Gentleman of Physics
Julian Barbour’s ideas about time and the universe have always roamed free of academia.
A Wrinkle in Nature Could Lead to Alien Life
There may be more than one way to tune a universe for life.
The Mother of All Accidents
Odds are, if an asteroid hadn’t crashed into Earth, we wouldn’t be here.
Carbon, It’s Elementary, Dear Reader
A selection of illustrations from the new book Carbon, One Atom’s Odyssey.