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Spring/Summer 2015

Physics has the potential to change the world both conceptually and technologically. Perimeter is a young institution, driven by the energy and excitement of building something new within the oldest and most successful field of science. We are holding Convergence in a spirit of altruism: we need new physics discoveries to secure humanity’s future.

We live in amazing times. Our experiments are uncovering nature as never before. They are placing physics in a crisis of the most fruitful kind, one which may bring in its wake a 21st century revolution to rival those of a century ago.

From this issue
Like a wildlife photographer in pursuit of an elusive animal through uncharted territory, Avery Broderick is determined to snap a…
/Jun 09, 2015
New research at Perimeter shows that gravitational fields around black holes might eddy and swirl.
/Mar 11, 2015
Latham Boyle wanted to enhance a proposed gravitational wave detector. Instead, he and Kendrick Smith may have stumbled upon a…
/Jan 08, 2016
Could black holes be the universe’s own accelerator experiments, churning out signals that may unveil exotic new particles – perhaps…
/Nov 27, 2015
These disparate items weren’t designed to be valuable, but for Carlo Rovelli, they are what makes a life.
/Nov 06, 2015
Perimeter Associate Faculty member Maxim Pospelov has proposed a new method of hunting for dark matter using atomic clocks.
/May 05, 2015
When streams of thought converge, truth is found in the swirling eddies of opposing ideas.
/Jun 16, 2015
An orchestral concert is an unlikely setting for a lesson in quantum mechanics. All the more reason to do it.
/Aug 17, 2015
Breaking down the science between hot-brew and cold-brew coffee.
/Oct 09, 2015
Sarah knows that the egg can’t rise without a force acting on it, so she wants to know – what…
/Oct 01, 2016
The most dazzling discoveries in science often arise when subjects – or problems – collide. That is the idea behind…
/Nov 30, 2015
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