Our Writers' Gallery features short pieces about physics by authors who are both renowned physicists and prize-winning writers. Some of these are original contributions and others are excerpts from longer works. Many are linked to more information about the authors and their work.
What does the president need to know about Physics? As president you will need to make decisions that require thinking like a physicist.
Empirical constraints that may otherwise guide sensible policy making seem to be evaporating.
My uncle Karl had no sense of direction. Armed with an elaborate set of instructions and a street map of downtown Montreal, he would gamely set off on an errand, and we children would gleefully brace ourselves for the next development.
Discovering the laws of physics is like trying to learn the laws of chess merely by observing chess games.
"Ignoring air resistance, cannon balls move along parabolas," we learn in school, but the truth is more intriguing.