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Fall/Winter 2017

This issue of Inside the Perimeter Magazine explores the value and the impact of cross-pollinating ideas. Stories explore the role of science in democracy; the search for dark matter; advances in quantum science; the challenges still facing women in science, and much more.

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From this issue
From mountain passes and ice roads to prairie heat and blazing fall colours, the Innovation150 partnership delivered a year of…
/Dec 05, 2017
For the first time, researchers have experimentally probed topological order and its breakdown. The work could open the way for…
/Oct 16, 2017
Five, seven, and five / The structure of a haiku / Here’s some on physics.
/Nov 23, 2017
Science is meant to be a meritocracy, but anecdotes and evidence indicate that the field – and physics in particular…
/Aug 04, 2017
Dozens of theorists gathered at a recent conference at Perimeter Institute to probe one of humanity’s oldest questions: how did…
/Aug 01, 2017
A decades-old description of the big bang may not hold up to mathematical scrutiny, according to new work co-authored by…
/Jun 15, 2017
The worlds of theory and experiment collided at Perimeter Institute during a recent conference designed to spark breakthroughs in physics…
/Sep 28, 2017
Science often progresses not in leaps and bounds, but by inching towards the truth. When looking in the obvious places…
/Oct 05, 2017
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