Fall/Winter 2015

Here at Perimeter, we have an extraordinary challenge, as well as an exceptional chance: to develop the ideas that will reshape our understanding of the universe, just as Einstein did. Bold as this mission may be, there has never been a better time.

We are living in a golden age of data, from the Large Hadron Collider to the Planck Satellite, and an abundance of experiments in between. Information is being gathered at an unprecedented pace. What it is revealing is a universe with astonishing, although deeply puzzling, simplicity. A universe requiring new principles of physics.

From this issue
For quantum gravity specialist and author Lee Smolin, Albert Einstein’s greatest strength didn’t lie in numbers.
/Nov 17, 2015
Emmy Noether’s astounding insights continue to underpin physics. Pity most people haven’t heard of her.
/Sep 17, 2015
*Who got by with a little help from his friends.
/Dec 17, 2015
Emmy Noether Fellow Sarah Shandera finds the best response to lingering inequality in science is to ditch the anger and…
/Oct 21, 2015
Experimentalists and theorists gather at Convergence to explore shared unknowns.
/Nov 07, 2015
Perimeter researcher Kendrick Smith is part of a cross-Canada team that will get an unprecedented glimpse at a hidden epoch…
/Dec 01, 2016
Alexa Meade toys with perception and understanding as Perimeter’s first artist-in-residence.
/Dec 03, 2015
In this abridgement of his 2015 FQXi second-prize-winning essay “Mathematics Is Physics,” Matthew Leifer argues that mathematics is a natural…
/Dec 01, 2016
You don’t need a huge particle collider to do super-cool physics.
/Mar 13, 2016
Rajiv asks: It’s weird, that floaty feeling you get at the top of a roller coaster. You feel it in…
/Sep 17, 2016
Black Hole Bistro dishes up some physics foodie facts.
/Nov 09, 2015
To celebrate the centenary year of Einstein’s theory of general relativity and Emmy Noether’s development of her eponymous theorems, the…
/Feb 19, 2016
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