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Spring/Summer 2013

Perimeter has always defined itself by doing ambitious research in fundamental physics. We work at the frontiers, from the smallest conceivable scale – the Planck length, one-tenth to one-twentieth times the size of the proton – to the scale of the universe itself.

From the beginning, too, we’ve chosen our research areas strategically, looking for places which seem ripe for breakthroughs. We are interested in intersections – say, the way particle theory informs mathematics and vice versa, or the way abstruse questions about the nature of quantum mechanics lead to practical advances in quantum computation. We value work at the intersection of theory and experiment. We believe, in short, that our whole is greater than the sum of our parts.

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.