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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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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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Cosmos

By now, you’ve either seen the first episode of the new Cosmos or you’re not going to. The nerdverse has been breathless with anticipation for months now, and now that it’s here, the reviews are… pretty good. I don’t make … Continue reading

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Probability for Students

I’ve had a lot of students over the years, and I’ve realized that even those who’ve taken a probability and statistics class often lack a gut feeling intuition about how to deal with data. I’ve written a (first draft, admittedly) … 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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1 Sentence Science Summary

There’s a lot of science news that comes out every day — far too much to adequately keep track of, especially since most of it turns out to be either redundant, wrong, or trivial. Once a week, I’m going to … Continue reading

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Is Science Predictive?

Credit: Sam Wong, Princeton Election Consortium First, a word of warning to the folks at home. This is going to be explicitly political. It is also going to be respectful. If you want to send or post some sort of … Continue reading

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As easy as falling off a…

I’ve been making pretty solid progress on my next book on symmetry. In writing a passage on the basic structure of matter, I started talking about the vast number of chemical compounds out there, and realizing I was out of … Continue reading

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Why should the public care about the Higgs?

I recently got an email from a reader named Chad who pointed me to The Royal College Science Challenge. This is an essay contest for high school and college students in the UK in which students are asked to respond … Continue reading

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Oh Really? No. O'Reilly

I suspect most of you have heard the latest absurdities from Bill O’Reilly. Just to get you caught up, last month Bill O’Reilly tried to discredit atheism with the following argument: I’ll tell you why [religion is] not a scam, … Continue reading

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