My heart of physics

Every July 4, I have occasion to remember two things: the discovery of the Higgs boson, and my first published byline for an article about the discovery of the Higgs boson. I have no trouble believing it's been eight years…

An image of a cube-shaped structure with large steel balls at each vertex, made to wobble as if it were reflected on a water surface.

The molecule that was also a wave

According to the principles of quantum mechanics, you're a wave – just like light is both a particle and a wave. It's just that your wavelength is so small that your wave nature doesn't matter, and you're treated like a…

Scientists make video of molecule rotating

A research group in Germany has captured images of what a rotating molecule looks like. This is a significant feat because it is very difficult to observe individual atoms and molecules, which are very small as well as very fragile.…

Jayant Narlikar's pseudo-defence of Darwin

Jayant Narlikar, the noted astrophysicist and emeritus professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, recently wrote an op-ed in The Hindu titled 'Science should have the last word'. There's probably a tinge of sanctimoniousness there, echoing the…

Jayant Narlikar’s pseudo-defence of Darwin

Jayant Narlikar, the noted astrophysicist and emeritus professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, recently wrote an op-ed in The Hindu titled 'Science should have the last word'. There's probably a tinge of sanctimoniousness there, echoing the…

All the science in ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’

I watched The Cloverfield Paradox last night, the horror film that Paramount pictures had dumped with Netflix and which was then released by Netflix on February 4. It's a dumb production: unlike H.R. Giger's existential, visceral horrors that I so…

All the science in 'The Cloverfield Paradox'

I watched The Cloverfield Paradox last night, the horror film that Paramount pictures had dumped with Netflix and which was then released by Netflix on February 4. It's a dumb production: unlike H.R. Giger's existential, visceral horrors that I so…

A scene from the film 'Spectral' (2016). Source: Netflix

The science in Netflix's 'Spectral'

It's fun to think about the implications of a film's antagonists being modelled after a phenomenon I've often read/written about but never thought about that way.

A scene from the film 'Spectral' (2016). Source: Netflix

The science in Netflix’s ‘Spectral’

It's fun to think about the implications of a film's antagonists being modelled after a phenomenon I've often read/written about but never thought about that way.

The intricacies of being sold on string theory

If you are seeking an appreciation for the techniques of string theory, then Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe could be an optional supplement. If, on the other hand, you want to explore the epistemological backdrop against which string theory proclaimed its…