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Q&A

Taming Superconductors With String Theory

January 21, 2016

The physicist Subir Sachdev borrows tools from string theory to understand the puzzling behavior of high-temperature superconductors.

Physics

String Theory Meets Loop Quantum Gravity

January 12, 2016

Two leading candidates for a “theory of everything,” long thought to be incompatible, may be two sides of the same coin.

Physics

A Fight for the Soul of Science

December 16, 2015

If a theory can’t be tested, is it still science?

Multimedia

Theories of Everything, Mapped

August 3, 2015

Explore the deepest mysteries at the frontier of fundamental physics, and the most promising ideas put forth to solve them.

Physics

The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox

June 23, 2015

By replacing black holes with fuzzballs — dense, star-like objects from string theory — researchers think they can avoid some knotty paradoxes at the edge of physics.

Q&A

Science’s Path From Myth to Multiverse

March 17, 2015

In his latest book, the Nobel Prize winner Steven Weinberg explores how science made the modern world, and where it might take us from here.

number theory

Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow

March 12, 2015

Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory.

theoretical physics

In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory

February 18, 2015

If string theorists can show that their framework is the only consistent theory of quantum gravity, does that make it true even without tangible evidence?

string theory

A Strange Side to Nature

July 1, 2013

New findings suggest that beneath the surface of quantum theory lies a vibrant string theory world where some matter corresponds to black holes in higher dimensions.