K.C. Cole

Contributing Writer


The Simple Idea Behind Einstein’s Greatest Discoveries

Lurking behind Einstein’s theory of gravity and our modern understanding of particle physics is the deceptively simple idea of symmetry. But physicists are beginning to question whether focusing on symmetry is still as productive as it once was.

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The Strange Second Life of String Theory

String theory has so far failed to live up to its promise as a way to unite gravity and quantum mechanics. At the same time, it has blossomed into one of the most useful sets of tools in science.

The Quantum Fabric of Space-Time

Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature. In doing so, it may also reveal how space-time owes its existence to the spooky connections of quantum information.

About the author

K.C. Cole is the author of eight nonfiction books, including The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty and Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens. She is a former science correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and Discover. She is a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.