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theoretical physics

A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

September 17, 2013

Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental constituents of nature.

cosmology

Lopsided Map Offers Clues to Big Bang

June 24, 2013

Theoretical cosmologists are piecing together a cosmic origin story from a surprising anomaly in the recently released Planck satellite image.

theoretical physics

Is Nature Unnatural?

May 24, 2013

Decades of confounding experiments have physicists considering a startling possibility: The universe might not make sense.

Q&A

Waiting for the Revolution

May 24, 2013

An interview with the Nobel Prize-winner David J. Gross on the confusing state of theoretical physics.

Physics

Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire

December 21, 2012

If a new hypothesis about black hole firewalls proves correct, at least one of three cherished notions in theoretical physics must be wrong.