Thomas Lin

Editor in Chief

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

A Wormhole Between Physics and Education

October 18, 2016

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.

Abstractions blog

Science Evolves. Will Science Education?

October 12, 2016

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

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

The Art of Teaching Math and Science

October 11, 2016

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?

Multimedia

The Nine Schoolgirls Challenge

June 9, 2015

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

The Quantum Fabric of Space-Time

Interactive: What Is Space?

April 30, 2015

Imagine the fabric of space-time peeled back layer by layer.

Q&A

After Prime Proof, an Unlikely Star Rises

April 2, 2015

Two years ago, Yitang Zhang was virtually unknown. Now his surprise solution to a major problem in number theory has catapulted him to mathematical stardom. Where does he go from here?

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

A Grand Vision for the Impossible

August 12, 2014

Subhash Khot’s bold conjecture is helping mathematicians explore the precise limits of computation.

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

A Brazilian Wunderkind Who Calms Chaos

August 12, 2014

Artur Avila’s solutions to ubiquitous problems in chaos theory have “changed the face of the field,” earning him Brazil’s first Fields Medal.

Q&A

A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D.

March 26, 2014

A conversation with the mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson on quantum electrodynamics, climate change and his latest pet project.