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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The Fifth Postulate

Many mathematicians since the time of Euclid attempted to solve a seemingly simple problem about parallel lines without success. Yet the success of their failures would reveal a whole new geometry and description of space and time.


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Death From the Skies

Philip Plait

"The Universe is trying to kill you. It's nothing personal. It's trying to kill me too" Astronomer, Phil Plait, describes how everything from asteroids to gamma ray burst would end impact the Earth.


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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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Spaceship Neutrino

Christine Sutton

Solar neutrinos stream through us constantly, raining down on us by day and up through the Earth by night.


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Einstein's Relativity and Everyday Life

Clifford M. Will

What good is fundamental physics to the person on the street? This is the perennial question posed to physicists by their non-science friends, by students in the humanities and social sciences, and by politicians looking to justify spending tax dollars on basic science.


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Chess and the Laws of Physics

J. Richard Gott

Discovering the laws of physics is like trying to learn the laws of chess merely by observing chess games.