Author Archives: Dave

Math Games

It’s going to be 2 in a row with regards to the kid-science connection, and for that I am totally not sorry.   My daughters are now 6 and 3, and both of them are really into math. There are … Continue reading

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Kid Science

As you may know, I’m a theorist, which means that my lab generally consists of some grad students and me sitting at computers or a white board. But as I’ve got kids to think about (my oldest, Willa, is now … Continue reading

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A Physicist Plays Politics: Part III

Hey gang!  It’s been a while, so let’s just jump in, shall we? Every now and again (every four years, apparently) the obsessive statistical monster in me lashes out, and I start thinking obsessively about polls.  Full disclosure: while I’m … Continue reading

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Podcast Appearances

Just a quicky. I’ve been doing a lot of podcasts lately, and I’d hate for you to miss them, especially since they have run the gamut from mind-bending to absurdist. I’ll post them as they come up, but over the … Continue reading

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Shortlisted!

I’m thrilled to announce that my most recent book, “The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality” has been shortlisted for the Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award. This is extremely competitive and very exciting. Past winners … Continue reading

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On Raising Daughters

She wants to be just like me! This morning, over breakfast, I asked my 4 1/2 year old daughter if she wanted to see something cool. I showed her a news story about Maryam Mirzakhani, the Stanford Mathematician who is … Continue reading

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Paperback!

The 1st floor table at Barnes and Noble in Rittenhouse, yesterday. Exciting news! The Universe in the Rearview Mirror is out in paperback as of yesterday! There will be a bunch of new interviews and columns, beginning today with a … Continue reading

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Ask a Physicist is back, baby!

After an unacceptably long hiatus, I’m back with new “Ask a Physicist” columns over at io9. Today, I have a piece up about PeV neutrinos, and tomorrow I’ll be doing one on Emmy Noether. Thereafter, I’ll be posting a bit … Continue reading

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Arbitrary Rankings Corner: The Best of Sci-Fi

I got a fun email a few days ago from Time Out magazine. They’re asking contacting a bunch of writers, artists, and scientists including such luminaries as George R R Martin and, er, myself, and asking us for our top … Continue reading

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What should a physics major know?

It’s summer. In academia, it’s a time to get some real research done, take a little R&R with ones family, perhaps wait in breathless anticipation of the paperback release of ones book, and most relevant to today’s discussion, to think … Continue reading

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