Now reading: Inside the Perimeter: Fall/Winter 2015/16 Highlights

Inside the Perimeter: Fall/Winter 2015/16 Highlights

To celebrate the centenary year of Einstein’s theory of general relativity and Emmy Noether’s development of her eponymous theorems, the latest issue of Inside the Perimeter examines and celebrates science past, present, and future.

Science: GR @ 100

Perimeter Faculty member and author Lee Smolin examines the singular mind of Albert Einstein and finds a master storyteller.

Contrary to popular belief, though, Einstein wasn’t working alone. His great breakthrough of 1915 was aided by a host of friends, colleagues, and competitors.

After 100 years, where is general relativity going? Three Perimeter faculty – Luis Lehner, Avery Broderick, and Robert Myers – look to the next 100 years of GR and its implications for gravitational astronomy, black hole research, and holography.

Science: Noether’s theorems

Emmy Noether was a brilliant German mathematician whose insights continue to underpin physics. Pity most people haven’t heard of her.

For researchers today, Noether is a guiding light. She is the namesake of Perimeter’s Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowships, which aim to address and help change the under-representation of women in physics. Emmy Noether Visiting Fellow Sarah Shandera shares her own story and her perspectives on the work that still lies ahead.

Science: General

For Perimeter Director Neil Turok, the last century of physics was just the beginning. He explains why we’re at the dawn of a new golden age.

Perimeter Board Member Art McDonald had a stellar year, sharing both the Nobel and Breakthrough prizes.

Convergence brought together 250 theorists and experimentalists, and challenged them to not only seek answers, but to find new questions.

One of the newest Perimeter Research Chairs, Pedro Vieira, continues his quest to equip young researchers with the tools for analytics success.


Chalkboards are everywhere at Perimeter, but one became the centre of attention when Perimeter’s first artist-in-residence, Alexa Meade, created a perception-bending blend of art and physics.

Particles: A compendium of warm welcomes, fond farewells, and new partnerships around the Institute.

From the Black Hole Bistro: Why does your spoon get hotter than your bowl when eating soup? (Bonus: delicious lentil and chorizo soup recipe!)

PI Kids Ask: Why does your stomach drop when you’re on a roller coaster?


For quantum gravity specialist and author Lee Smolin, Albert Einstein’s greatest strength didn’t lie in numbers.

/Nov 17, 2015

To commemorate some big anniversaries in science and sci-fi, Perimeter Institute researchers, students, and staff reflect on fantastical figments that science has made real.

/Jul 02, 2015

Perimeter takes a look back at an illuminating year of science. 

/Mar 29, 2016