Was Einstein Right?
Unlike nearly all his contemporaries, Albert Einstein thought quantum mechanics would give way to a classical theory. Some researchers nowadays are inclined to agree
The String Theory Landscape
The theory of strings predicts that the universe might occupy one random "valley" out
of a virtually infinite selection of valleys in a vast landscape
The Patent Clerk's Legacy
In 1905 the musings of a functionary in the Swiss patent office changed the world forever. His intellectual bequest remains for a new generation of physicists vying to concoct a theory of everything
Forces of the World, Unite!
In a 1950
Scientific American article, Einstein outlined his unified theory of physics. Too bad it was wrong
Finding your way out of the woods with GPS? Hanging a picture frame with a laser level? Making photocopies? Better thank Einstein
What was it about the magnetism of an iron bar that could divert Einstein from perfecting his celebrated theory of general relativity?
Einstein and Newton: Genius Compared
The two scientific giants were alike in intellect and temperament
Atomic Spin-offs for the 21st Century
A new generation of technologies aims to put Einstein's theories to work in computers, hospitals--even submarines
A Cosmic Conundrum
A new incarnation of Einstein's cosmological constant may point the way beyond general relativity
A Century of Einstein
Scientific American has covered Einstein's theories--and the refinements and reactions to them--ever since scientists began to grasp the import of his landmark 1905 papers. Read
on for a sampling of our reports, some by leading physicists of their times
The Search for Relativity Violations
To uncover evidence for an ultimate theory, scientists are looking for infractions of Einstein's once sacrosanct physical principle