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Fall/Winter 2011

On the weekend of September 16-18, 2011, Perimeter Institute doubled the size of its facility with the grand opening of the Stephen Hawking Centre (SHC).

“From this building, we will inform, educate, and excite millions of people about the power of physics. We will train the future leaders of our field here. And we will do ambitious research into the deepest questions in physics, combining intellectual daring with uncompromising rigour. We look to change the world.” —Neil Turok

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.
In this issue of Inside the Perimeter Magazine: - Dive into the quandary at the heart of quantum physics, and discover some recent advances in the field - Dig into some of the challenges facing women and other minorities in physics, and avenues to correct the imbalance - Enjoy updates from Perimeter's Outreach efforts - And discover the answer to another PI Kids question: how are elements made?
To say Stephen Hawking was a legend is to undersell his impact on cosmology and physics in both academia and the public consciousness. Yet, as Perimeter Director and Hawking's collaborator Neil Turok write in this issue: "Despite Stephen's stature, he never became stuck in his ideas. He was open to questioning everything." It is that spirit that powers Perimeter Institute, and which we showcase in this special issue dedicated to the late, great Stephen Hawking.