Neil deGrasse Tyson Ponders the Big Question “Does the Universe Have a Purpose” in a Simple Animation

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The Templeton Foundation asked some heavy-hitter thinkers to answer the question, “Does the Universe Have a Purpose”. Some said “Yes” and “Certainly.” Others concluded “Unlikely” and “No.

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Stephen Hawking’s Big Ideas Explained with Simple Animation

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Full disclosure: On my 7th grade report card, a sympathetic science teacher tempered a shockingly low grade with a handwritten note to my parents. Something to the effect of it being her opinion that my interest in theater would, ultimately, serve me far better than any information she was attempting to ram through my skull.

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Animated Introductions to Quantum Mechanics: From Schrödinger’s Cat to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

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If you never quite got a hang of quantum mechanics, you can take another run at it by watching four animated Ted-Ed primers, created by Chad Orzel, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College. He’s also the author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog.

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New Archive Puts 1000s of Einstein’s Papers Online, Including This Great Letter to Marie Curie

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Last Friday saw the launch of The Digital Einstein Papers. Hosted by Princeton University Press, the web site gives web users free, online access to the The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein.

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The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

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If you’ve taken a good art history course on the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, you’ve inevitably encountered Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 masterpiece “Starry Night,” which now hangs in the MoMA in New York City. The painting, the museum writes on its web site, “is a symbolic landscape full of movement, energy, and light.

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Stephen Hawking Starts Posting on Facebook: Join His Quest to Explain What Makes the Universe Exist

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I have no idea whether there’s intelligent life out there in the universe. But we can at least confirm that there’s a little intelligent life on Facebook, seeing that Stephen Hawking, the world’s best known theoretical physicist, began posting there yesterday.

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Oxford Scientist Explains the Physics of Playing Electric Guitar Solos

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You’ve heard it before. A power ballad from the 1970s or 1980s is playing and there, smack in the middle, is a face-melting guitar solo that seems to go all over the place before blowing your mind with sheer awesomeness. Think Jimi Hendrix. Think Eric Clapton. And especially think Eddie Van Halen.

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, The Most Popular Physics Book Ever Written, Now Completely Online

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Last fall, we let you know that Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website joined forces to create an online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. They started with Volume 1. And now they’ve followed up with Volume 2 and Volume 3, making the collection complete.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, High School Wrestling Team Captain, Invented a Physics-Based Wrestling Move

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We know that Neil deGrasse Tyson was something of a wunderkind during his high school years. If you’re an OC regular, you’ve read all about how Carl Sagan personally recruited Tyson to study with him at Cornell. Deftly, politely, the young Tyson declined and went to Harvard.

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Stephen Hawking Shows His Funny Side in John Oliver’s Series “Great Minds: People Who Think Good”

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John Oliver kicked off his new series “Great Minds: People Who Think Good” with an extended interview with Stephen Hawking. For a moment there, it all feels a bit like a classic Ali G interview.

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