Peter Byrne

Contributing Writer

Q&A

Quantum Computing Without Qubits

January 22, 2015

A quantum computing pioneer explains why the near future of quantum computation may lie in simulators, not general-purpose quantum machines.

Infinity and Beyond: The Ultimate Test

In a Multiverse, What Are the Odds?

November 3, 2014

Testing the multiverse hypothesis requires measuring whether our universe is statistically typical among the infinite variety of universes. But infinity does a number on statistics.

David Spergel
Q&A

A Bold Critic of the Big Bang’s ‘Smoking Gun’

July 3, 2014

The cosmologist David Spergel explains why a widely publicized gravitational-wave discovery could be wrong, and how the “overreaching” study could affect the public’s perception of science.

Q&A

Early-Universe Explorer Looks for Answers

July 3, 2014

Chao-Lin Kuo, who helped design the experiment that claimed to have found evidence of gravitational waves from the Big Bang, isn’t bothered by criticism that cosmic dust may account for his results.

origins of life

Early Life in Death Valley

April 24, 2014

Evidence from Southwestern deserts suggests that oxygen-breathing organisms arose on land rather than in the seas.

Q&A

Debating the Evolution of Multicellularity

September 25, 2013

An interview with the developmental biologist Cassandra Extavour on the origins of multicellular organisms and the evolution of cooperation.

Q&A

In Pursuit of Quantum Biology

July 30, 2013

An interview with the Berkeley chemist K. Birgitta Whaley on the promise and challenge of translating quantum biology into practical quantum devices.

Q&A

Waiting for the Revolution

May 24, 2013

An interview with the Nobel Prize-winner David J. Gross on the confusing state of theoretical physics.

About the author

Peter Byrne is an investigative reporter and science writer based in Northern California. He is the author of “The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family” and a co-author of “The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.”