Author Archives: Dave

How do we observe galaxies further than 13.7 billion light years away?

z8_GND_5296. Credit: V. Tilvi (Texas A&M), S. Finkelstein (UT Austin), the CANDELS team, and HST/NASA Sorry for such a lengthy title, but the subject came up because of a widely circulated announcement of the discovery of “The Most Distant Galaxy … Continue reading

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Blastoff!

Good news, everyone! I was on the Professor Blastoff Podcast this week talking about “The Universe” (which may win the prize for best episode name) with Tig, David and Kyle. We talk about time travel, symmetry, antimatter (and Uncley matter, … Continue reading

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Higgs!

Francois Englert and Peter Higgs In a move that surprised almost no one in the physics community, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded this morning to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism … Continue reading

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What do you really need to know about the universe?

Just a quicky. I have a new, somewhat navel-gazing post up at io9 on what you really need to know about the universe, and more generally, why people embrace pop-sci at all. I’m curious to hear what you think, and … Continue reading

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Talks at Google

Hi. Would you like to see me give a talk on symmetry? Of course you would. Here’s a professionally produced video of my presentation to the good folks at Google entitled, “Why Symmetry Matters.” Enjoy! -Dave ps I also had … Continue reading

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Slate: 4 Reasons you Shouldn't Exist

Greetings, true believers. I have a piece up at Slate today: Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Exist: Physics says you’re an impurity in an otherwise beautiful universe.. The headline might be a bit over the top, but it’s a fun little … Continue reading

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New York, New York

I’m in the Big Apple! And I’m pleased to say that, having made it here, I’m confident that I can make it anywhere. Today I was on the Leonard Lopate Show for a pretty long interview. We talked about symmetry, … Continue reading

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Welcome, Wired visitors!

Hello there. If you happened to find yourself clicking in from Wired, let me welcome you to my blog. There are some interesting things here (including slightly more technical versions of some pieces from io9, observations about the publishing industry, … Continue reading

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Two weeks in

What a couple of weeks! In the last two weeks I’ve: Done about 20 radio interviews, with several more on the way (WAMC). I’m doing WHYY’s NewsWorks Tonight in about a week, and WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show on August 20. … Continue reading

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Pub Day!

Hurray! The day has finally come. If you haven’t already bought up your copy what are you waiting for? Seriously, though, thanks to everyone who helped with the book (and to the many, many io9 readers who’ve asked questions over … Continue reading

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