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The Physics of Nothing

James Owen Weatherall— Imagine a house with no furniture. Is it empty? Presumably I haven’t given enough information to answer the question. There may be other stuff in the house: people, clothes, food, pets. Take all of this away, too. Indeed, take out all of the “stuff,” big and small.

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The Enigma of Gravitational Energy

Marcia Bartusiak— To the practiced eye, Einstein’s equations stand as the quintessence of mathematical beauty. When it was introduced in 1915, general relativity was hailed as a momentous conceptual achievement. But for a long time the theory had little practical importance. Although the scientific community embraced general relativity—and recognized Einstein

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Einstein & His General Theory of Relativity

Steven Gimbel— We stand on the edge of the centenary of Albert Einstein’s greatest achievement, his general theory of relativity.  It was a work that not only changed science, it changed how we think of science and the relationship between society and science. In 1905, eleven years earlier, Einstein had

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Certain of What We Do Not See: What the Higgs Boson Says About Our Quest for Truth

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Last week, an announcement was made by CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) that has set the scientific community buzzing. It confirmed that two separate teams working with the Large Hadron Collider – a machine that collides atomic particles at incredible speeds in the hopes of detecting

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Reality in 4-D

For most of us, life in three dimensions is difficult enough. But not for Tony Robbin. For Robbin, an acclaimed artist and geometry enthusiast, the real challenge comes in visualizing the fourth dimension. Ever since his debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1974, Robbin has been bent

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