Category Archives: physicists

Gravitational waves pioneer Ronald Drever dies

Ronald Drever

Scottish physicist Ronald Drever, one of the architects behind the discovery of gravitational waves, has died at the age of 85.

Source: Gravitational waves pioneer Ronald Drever dies – BBC News

Vera Rubin, who did pioneering work on dark matter, dies

Vera Rubin, a pioneering astronomer who helped find powerful evidence of dark matter, has died, her son said Monday.

Source: Vera Rubin, who did pioneering work on dark matter, dies

Joseph L. Birman, Physicist and Humanitarian, Dies at 89 – The New York Times

Dr. Birman was instrumental in the creation of a program that helped refugee scientists restart their careers in the United States in the 1990s.< Source: Joseph L. Birman, Physicist and Humanitarian, Dies at 89 – The New York Times

Physicists investigate the structure of time…

Although in theory it may seem possible to divide time up into infinitely tiny intervals, the smallest physically meaningful interval of time is widely considered to be the Planck time, which is approximately 10-43 seconds. This ultimate limit means that it is not possible for two events to be separated by a time smaller than this.

Physicists investigate the structure of time, with implications for quantum mechanics and philosophy

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

Source: Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

Taming Superconductors With String Theory | Quanta Magazine

The physicist Subir Sachdev borrows tools from string theory to understand the puzzling behavior of high-temperature superconductors.

Taming Superconductors With String Theory | Quanta Magazine

Time Entanglement Raises Quantum Mysteries | Quanta Magazine

Time Entanglement Raises Quantum Mysteries | Quanta Magazine

Quantum Weirdness Now a Matter of Time Bizarre quantum bonds connect distinct moments in time, suggesting that quantum links — not space-time — constitute the fundamental structure of the universe.

Source: Time Entanglement Raises Quantum Mysteries | Quanta Magazine

Physicists and Philosophers Debate the Boundaries of Science | Quanta Magazine

The Ends of EvidenceIf a theory can’t be tested, is it still science?
Physicists and Philosophers Debate the Boundaries of Science | Quanta Magazine

History: Einstein was no lone genius.

Einstein was no lone genius

Marcel Grossmann (left) and Michele Besso (right), university friends of Albert Einstein (centre), both made important contributions to general relativity.

Lesser-known and junior colleagues helped the great physicist to piece together his general theory of relativity, explain Michel Janssen and Jürgen Renn.
History: Einstein was no lone genius 

What every physicist should know about string theory

physics today

Some of nature’s rhymes—the appearance of similar structures in different areas of physics—underlie the way that string theory potentially unifies gravity with the other forces of nature and eliminates the ultraviolet divergences that plague quantum gravity.

What every physicist should know about string theory

Mega science prize split between 1,370 physicists

Mega Science Prize

Seven neutrino physicists who led the five teams sharing the Breakthrough Prize pose onstage during the ceremony in Mountain View, California.

Multi-million-dollar Breakthrough awards announce winners in physics, life sciences and mathematics.

Source: Mega science prize split between 1,370 physicists : Nature News & Comment

Companies Founded by Physicists…

A New Paradigm in Physics Funding

Funding for Physics has been on the decline in recent years. Theoretical physicist Mark Jackson decided to do something about it. He started Fiat Physica, an organization that raises money to support physics research. It looks like a promising endeavor. Take a look….Fiat Physica – A New Funding Paradigm