Thomas Lin

Editor in Chief

The theoretical computer scientist behind the influential Unique Games Conjecture delights in the wonders of New York’s Washington Square Park, where he ponders the impossible.
Thinking Places

Subhash Khot, Playing Unique Games in Washington Square Park

The theoretical computer scientist behind the influential Unique Games Conjecture delights in the wonders of New York’s Washington Square Park, where he ponders the impossible.

The two physicists who introduced Peccei-Quinn symmetry came up with their idea on and around Stanford University’s campus 40 years ago.
Thinking Places

Roberto Peccei and Helen Quinn, Driving Around Stanford in a Clunky Jeep

The two physicists who introduced Peccei-Quinn symmetry came up with their idea on and around Stanford University’s campus 40 years ago.

An obscure number theorist who became an overnight sensation with a major proof about the gaps between prime numbers now finds quiet inspiration walking along the Pacific Coast.
Thinking Places

Yitang Zhang’s Santa Barbara Beach Walk

An obscure number theorist who became an overnight sensation with a major proof about the gaps between prime numbers now finds quiet inspiration walking along the Pacific Coast.

Quanta unveils a completely re-engineered and redesigned site to better serve our readers and the journalism we produce.
A Note to Readers

The New Familiar Quanta

Quanta unveils a completely re-engineered and redesigned site to better serve our readers and the journalism we produce.

Quanta Magazine invites readers to share about their early math and science learning experiences and to explore the interactive survey results.
Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Do You Love or Hate Math and Science?

Quanta Magazine invites readers to share about their early math and science learning experiences and to explore the interactive survey results.

The theoretical particle physicist Helen Quinn has blazed a singular path from the early days of the Standard Model to the latest overhaul of science education in the United States.
Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

A Wormhole Between Physics and Education

The theoretical particle physicist Helen Quinn has blazed a singular path from the early days of the Standard Model to the latest overhaul of science education in the United States.

Science is a constantly changing, self-correcting process. Why do we teach it as a collection of old, settled facts?
Abstractions blog

Science Evolves. Will Science Education?

Science is a constantly changing, self-correcting process. Why do we teach it as a collection of old, settled facts?

The impasse in math and science instruction runs deeper than test scores or the latest educational theory. What can we learn from the best teachers on the front lines?
Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

The Art of Teaching Math and Science

The impasse in math and science instruction runs deeper than test scores or the latest educational theory. What can we learn from the best teachers on the front lines?

Solve this variation of Thomas Kirkman’s famous 1850 puzzle by arranging girls in walking groups. And think fast — the clock is ticking.
Multimedia

The Nine Schoolgirls Challenge

Solve this variation of Thomas Kirkman’s famous 1850 puzzle by arranging girls in walking groups. And think fast — the clock is ticking.

About the author

Thomas Lin is the founding editor of Quanta Magazine. He joined the Simons Foundation in 2012 after more than seven years at The New York Times, where he managed the online science and national news sections, won a White House News Photographers Association’s “Eyes of History” award, edited the Scientist at Work blog, created the Profiles in Science video series, produced the Science Times podcast, and wrote about science, tennis and technology. He has taught at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and has been a home page editor for The Indianapolis Star, a reporter and photographer covering Queens, New York, a teacher and a mechanical engineer.