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To Solve the Biggest Mystery in Physics, Join Two Kinds of Law

September 7, 2017

Reductionism breaks the world into elementary building blocks. Emergence finds the simple laws that arise out of complexity. These two complementary ways of viewing the universe come together in modern theories of quantum gravity.

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.

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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.