Peter Byrne

Contributing Writer

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

Quantum Computing Without Qubits

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

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.
Infinity and Beyond: The Ultimate Test

In a Multiverse, What Are the Odds?

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.

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

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.

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.
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Early-Universe Explorer Looks for Answers

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.

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

Early Life in Death Valley

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

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

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

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

In Pursuit of Quantum Biology

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

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

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.”