Writers’ Gallery

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.

 

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Physics for Future Presidents --the Science Behind the Headlines

Richard A. Muller

What does the president need to know about Physics? As president you will need to make decisions that require thinking like a physicist.


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The Beginning…

Leon M. Lederman

This story is about the universe, and unfortunately there are no data for the Very Beginning. None, zero.


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How the Universe Got Its Spots

Janna Levin

The story of Dr. Levin's research in the form of letters to her mother. They contain an intriguing blend of science and personal anecdote.


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Celebrating the Poetry of Imagination Without Boundaries

Lawrence M. Krauss

There is poetry in physics discoveries that is worth celebrating, even if one is not a cosmologist.


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Cosmic Evolution

Eric J. Chaisson

Simply defined, cosmic evolution is the study of change--the vast number of developmental and generative changes that have accumulated during all time and across all space, from big bang to humankind.


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String Training

Lisa Randall

String theory’s view of the fundamental nature of matter differs significantly from that of traditional particle physics.