Writers’ Gallery

Our Writers' Gallery features short pieces about physics by authors who are both renowned physicists and prize-winning writers. Some of these are original contributions and others are excerpts from longer works. Many are linked to more information about the authors and their work.

 

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Gödel's Proof Review

Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems shook the foundations of formal logic and mathematics, but its meaning remained elusive even to experts for years. Today, however, there's an easier way to see how Gödel discovered his theorems.


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How to Teach Physics to Your Dog

See how Emmy the dog formulates the existence of cheesy bunnies in the backyard. She will teach you how to predict the existence of your wildest fantasies and bring them to the yard.
Warning: you might also learn some quantum physics too.


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The Citizen-Scientist's Obligation to Stand Up for Standards

Lawrence M. Krauss

Empirical constraints that may otherwise guide sensible policy making seem to be evaporating.


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In Search of Beauty

A. Zee

My colleagues and I in fundamental physics are the intellectual descendants of Albert Einstein; we like to think that we too search for beauty.


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A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down

Robert B. Laughlin

A few years ago I had occasion to engage my father-in-law, a retired academician, on the subject of the collective nature of physical law.


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The Cosmic Landscape

Leonard Susskind

It is gradually becoming accepted, by many theoretical physicists, that the Laws of Physics may not only be variable but are almost always deadly.