Best known for inventing the game of Life, John H. Conway is adept at finding the theorems hidden in simple puzzles
We must understand the laws of nature before we can deduce their origins
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I was introduced to the Einstein field equations three decades ago as a naïve undergraduate—and was smitten at once by their beauty and simplicity
Scientific American editor–turned-sci-fi-writer Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory and Extinction , talks about his latest book, The Furies
As any avid Star Trek fan can tell you, the eccentric physicist Zefram Cochrane invented the warp-drive engine in the year 2063. It wasn't easy.
A prototype liquid-argon detector called ArgoNeuT will pave the way for the MicroBooNE facility at Fermilab
Readers need more novels about real science
Last-minute budget cuts stun U.S. physicists
Congress's budget cut decelerates U.S. high-energy physics research
A stolen idea from the plant world could improve prospects for solar power
Everyday materials may pose health and environmental threats
A newly discovered neutron star doesnt behave like it's supposed to
Can the U.S. improve fuel economy without sacrificing safety?
Is there evidence for string theory in a neutrino experiment?
Can avoiding bread and milk ease the disorder?
Instead of string theory, four-dimensional tetrahedrons
The next generation of electronic tags promises to outperform RFIDs