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In the latest episode of my video-interview series, I hear from experimental physicist +Silke Weinfurtner, who studies fluid analogues to black holes and other gravitational phenomena.
Courtesy of Silke Weinfurtner Don’t be alarmed, but there is a black hole in your bathtub. When you drain the tub, water converges on the plughole and speeds up, eventually flowing too fast ...
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Continuing my series of video interviews with scientists featured in my book, this week I present +Nicolas Gisin of the University of Geneva, a renowned experimental physicist as well as theoretician. Here he explains that quantum correlations have no explanation as a process occurring within spacetime—and therefore must arise from outside spacetime.
The great mystery of quantum mechanics is that particles can be connected without a connector. They can coordinate their behavior in ways that are too complicated to be preprogrammed into them, e...
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Einstein wasn't anti-quantum or even anti-indeterminism, as so many people say, and his insights can dissolve the supposed tension between free will and determinism. My essay in the September issue of +Scientific American, celebrating the centenary of the general theory of relativity.
Einstein's assertion that God does not play dice with the universe has been misinterpreted
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If spacetime consists of "atoms" of space and time, how would we even know? My interview in October with Padmanabhan, a theoretical physicist at the +The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India.
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In this interview I did with Yakir Aharonov of +Chapman University last month, the eminent Israeli-born quantum physicist explains the Aharonov-Bohm effect, a type of nonlocality associated with electric, magnetic, and other so-called gauge fields. I'm grateful to +Jeff Tollaksen for helping to set up the interview.
In 1959 physicists Yakir Aharonov and David Bohm startled their colleagues by predicting a new type of quantum nonlocality, distinct from the phenomenon that had spooked Einstein. They showed tha...
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Join the discussion about quantum indeterminism! I've elaborated a bit on my article in this month's Scientific American and opened up a discussion thread at my blog site.
Is the universe deterministic or indeterministic? A clockwork or a craps table? In this month's issue of Scientific American, I have an essay arguing that the answer is: both. The world can be de...
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Make yourself dizzy with these awesome visual illusions by Hitoshi Arai of +東京大学 | UTokyo. http://spookyactionbook.com/2015/07/27/living-in-a-world-of-illusion 
My favorite optical illusions are motion illusions: static images that appear to spin, shimmer, and shimmy, like Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie-Woogie or the psychedelic pinwheels of Japanese...
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  • Scientific American
    Editor, 1998 - 2012
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    Editor, 1994 - 1997
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I'm the Mars bureau chief of Scientific American magazine, although the corporate types insist on calling me a contributing editor. (Logistical problems have prevented me from taking up my posting.) My professional interests span the genesis of the planets, the origin of the universe, the deep nature of space and time, and the even deeper mysteries of why human beings behave as they do. I'm also the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory. In 2011 I received the Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics.
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  • Brown University
    1984 - 1988
  • Cornell University
    1990 - 1994
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