Thomas Lin

Editor in Chief

Art for "What Are Feynman Diagrams?"
In Theory

How Feynman Diagrams Revolutionized Physics

In the late 1940s, Richard Feynman invented a visual tool for simplifying particle calculations that forever changed theoretical physics.


Quanta Writers and Editors Discuss Trends in Science and Math

On November 16, 2018, more than 200 readers joined writers and editors from Quanta Magazine for a wide-ranging panel discussion that examined the newest ideas in fundamental physics, biology and mathematics research.

Art for "How Holography Could Help Solve Quantum Gravity"
In Theory

How Holography Could Help Solve Quantum Gravity

In the latest campaign to reconcile Einstein’s theory of gravity with quantum mechanics, many physicists are studying how a higher dimensional space that includes gravity arises like a hologram from a lower dimensional particle theory.

Art for "The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics and Biology"
In Theory

The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics and Biology

Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.

Subhash Khot
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.

Helen Quinn and Roberto Peccei at Stanford University
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.

Yitang Zhang
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.

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.

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.

About the author

Thomas Lin is the founding editor of Quanta Magazine and the editor of two Quanta collections, Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire and The Prime Number Conspiracy. 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, and wrote about science, tennis and technology. He has also written for The New Yorker, Tennis Magazine and other publications, has taught at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism and was once a mechanical engineer.