About Quanta

About Quanta Magazine

Illuminating basic science and math research through public service journalism.

Quanta Magazine is an editorially independent online publication launched by the Simons Foundation to enhance public understanding of science. Why Quanta? Albert Einstein called photons “quanta of light.” Our goal is to “illuminate science.”

Our reporters focus on developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences. The best traditional news organizations provide excellent reporting on applied areas of science such as health, medicine, technology, engineering and the environment. We strive to complement and augment existing media coverage.

Our work often resembles journalistic alchemy — we mash together the complexities of science with the malleable art of storytelling in an attempt to forge a precious new alloy. It can be a mind-bending enterprise, but we relish the challenge.

At Quanta Magazine, scientific accuracy is every bit as important as telling a good story. Since Quanta is a nonprofit foundation-funded publication, all of its resources go toward producing responsible, freely accessible journalism that is meticulously researched, reported, edited, copy-edited and fact-checked. And our editorial independence ensures the impartiality of our science coverage — our articles do not reflect or represent the views of the Simons Foundation. All editorial decisions, including which research or researchers to cover, are made by Quanta’s staff reporting to the editor in chief; editorial content is not reviewed by anyone outside of the news team prior to publication; Quanta has no involvement in any of the Simons Foundation’s grant-giving or research efforts; and researchers who receive funding from the foundation do not receive preferential treatment. The decision to cover a particular researcher or research result is made solely on editorial grounds in service of our readers.

To reach an even wider audience, we have syndication partnerships with several publications, which reprint our articles. Through international partnerships, our articles have been translated into German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Polish, and we plan to make them available in other languages. We want everyone to keep reading.

Thank you for visiting Quanta Magazine. We invite you to explore our pages, and we look forward to your comments.

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Simons Foundation

Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

Co-founded in New York City by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.

The Simons Foundation at its core exists to support basic — or discovery-driven — scientific research, undertaken in pursuit of understanding the phenomena of our world.

Thomas Lin

Thomas Lin

Editor in Chief
Natalie Wolchover

Natalie Wolchover

Senior Writer
Michael Moyer

Michael Moyer

Deputy Editor
Olena Shmahalo

Olena Shmahalo

Art Director
Jeanette Kazmierczak

Jeanette Kazmierczak

Editorial Producer
Kevin Hartnett

Kevin Hartnett

Senior Writer
Lucy Reading-Ikkanda

Lucy Reading-Ikkanda

Graphics Editor
John Rennie

John Rennie

Deputy Editor

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