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Fall/Winter 2019

At Perimeter, we like to say we run mostly on chalk and caffeine, but it's time to acknowledge a third fuel: silicon. Computational physics is becoming increasingly important at Perimeter and across the field. This issue of Inside the Perimeter explores the rich interconnection of physics and computing.
Also in this issue:
- Success at the Breakthrough Prize
- In discussion with Sir Martin Rees
- A former physics summer student gets back on the bus for ISSYP
- The fascinating history of digital computing
... and much more

From this issue
Perimeter Institute Director Robert Myers on the challenge and excitement of exploring new horizons.
/Dec 03, 2019
With the launch of a new collaboration lab, physicists are adding fuel to the AI revolution, writes Perimeter Associate Faculty…
/Dec 03, 2019
Fifteen years after attending Perimeter’s physics summer school, astrophysicist and science writer Stephanie Keating takes a ride with a new…
/Dec 05, 2019
In his latest book, UK Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees explores how humanity’s rapid technological advances are threatening – and…
/Dec 05, 2019
Early computers were room-sized mechanical brains complete with wheels, shafts, and cranks. Then the playful and ingenious Claude Shannon came…
/Dec 05, 2019
How Canadians cracked the secret to detecting fast radio bursts and turned a trickle of discoveries into a deluge.
/Dec 03, 2019
Whether they are probing higher dimensions or trampling over boundaries, Kevin Costello and Davide Gaiotto are having a blast –…
/Nov 06, 2019
Long seen as the domain of computer scientists, machine learning is now considered a powerful tool for tackling difficult problems…
/Aug 08, 2019
Just across the mountains from where Dustin Lang grew up now sits a telescope that he and colleagues are using…
/Aug 06, 2019
Perimeter Institute researchers introduce a new technique called “inflation graphs” that helps unravel causal complexity and promises to prove even…
/Oct 11, 2019
Recent Issues
After decades of speculation, theory, and indirect observation, we finally have visual proof: black holes exist. The first image of a black hole, released by the Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT, is truly astonishing. Ten years in the making, it is the highest resolution image in the history of science. The image is a triumph, but it is not an end. As we explore in this special issue, this is just the beginning. Also in this issue: - Robert Myers becomes Perimeter's new Director - In conversation with Roger Penrose - A young woman researcher explores the impact of Emmy Noether - A quantum history of the light bulb ... and much more.
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