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.
"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.
Empirical constraints that may otherwise guide sensible policy making seem to be evaporating.
Solar neutrinos stream through us constantly, raining down on us by day and up through the Earth by night.
My colleagues and I in fundamental physics are the intellectual descendants of Albert Einstein; we like to think that we too search for beauty.
Discovering the laws of physics is like trying to learn the laws of chess merely by observing chess games.