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.
This story is about the universe, and unfortunately there are no data for the Very Beginning. None, zero.
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.
String theory’s view of the fundamental nature of matter differs significantly from that of traditional particle physics.