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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Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Pencils Down: Soni Midha of East Side Community High School

In school or in life, Soni Midha wants her math students to be able to prove why something is correct.

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Pencils Down: Channa Comer of Baychester Middle School

Channa Comer teaches 6th-grade science. She focuses on engagement so kids will want to keep learning.

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Pencils Down: Aaron Mathieu of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

Students need a chance to fail at science to learn about its process, says Aaron Mathieu.

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Pencils Down: Channa Comer Teaching About Scientific Controls

What’s a control? Channa Comer challenges her students to explain and work things out for themselves.

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Pencils Down: The Art of Teaching Math and Science

What can we learn from the best teachers on the front lines? To shine a spotlight on this linchpin of our education system, Quanta Magazine followed four master science and math teachers into their classrooms.

Scientist Interviews

Peter and Rosemary Grant: Watching Evolution Happen in Two Lifetimes

Peter and Rosemary Grant explain how our understanding of evolution has changed in their lifetimes.

Scientist Interviews

Tracy Slatyer: A Seeker of Dark Matter’s Hidden Light

Tracy Slatyer explains why she’s not disappointed when a mysterious cosmic signal turns out to be something other than dark matter.

Scientist Interviews

Miranda Cheng: A Moonshine Master Toys With String Theory

Miranda Cheng explains what umbral moonshine is and how it might illuminate string theory.

In Theory

How Does Life Come From Randomness?

David Kaplan explains how the law of increasing entropy could drive random bits of matter into the stable, orderly structures of life.