David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.

How Did Life Begin on Earth?

David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.


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In Theory

What Is Universality?

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Scientists have discovered a mysterious pattern that somehow connects a bus system in Mexico and chicken eyes to quantum physics and number theory.

Fields Medal 2018

Akshay Venkatesh: A Number Theorist Who Bridges Math and Time

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Akshay Venkatesh on his mathematical working style, which took him many years to discover.

Fields Medal 2018

Constantinos Daskalakis: A Poet of Computation Who Uncovers Distant Truths

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Constantinos Daskalakis on why he studies the interface between theoretical computer science and human behavior.

Fields Medal 2018

Caucher Birkar: An Innovator Who Brings Order to an Infinitude of Equations

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Birkar discusses the need for originality in mathematics and in life.

Fields Medal 2018

Alessio Figalli: A Traveler Who Finds Stability in the Natural World

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Figalli explains how physical intuition can play a key role — but not the only role — in mathematical thinking.

Scientist Interviews

Cohl Furey on the Octonions and Particle Physics

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Cohl Furey explains what octonions are and what they might have to do with particle physics.

Scientist Interviews

Jessica Whited on Limb Regeneration and the Axolotl Genome

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Jessica Whited is a biologist who studies limb regeneration at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Here, she explains how genomic information for the salamander called an axolotl will help us understand the potential for regrowing limbs in humans and other animals.

Scientist Interviews

Carina Curto on How Physicists Can Think About Neuroscience

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Carina Curto, a mathematician at Pennsylvania State University, explains how her background in theoretical physics helps her tackle daunting problems in theoretical neuroscience.

Scientist Interviews

Lisa Manning on the Dynamics of Glasses and Embryos

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Lisa Manning, a physicist at Syracuse University, describes how the physics of glassy materials helps to explain how some organs assume their correct shape during embryonic development.