In trials teaching Einsteinian physics in schools, our most astonishing discovery was that children were not astonished: they just took the ideas in their stride.
Gravity is something every person on Earth intuitively understands: It is what keeps you on the ground. But how come gravity pulls down, rather than pushes up? Einstein came up with the answer.
A century after publishing major papers in theoretical mathematics, German-born Emmy Noether continues to challenge and inspire mathematicians with her story and mathematical legacy.
Einstein was awarded a Nobel prize for his explanation for how light can be described as being made up of individual particles of energy under certain conditions.
We first encountered the letter in 2019, when a reader shared it with us. In it, Einstein discusses bees, birds and whether new physics principles could come from studying animal senses.
If humanity wants to travel between stars, people are going to need to travel faster than light. New research suggests that it might be possible to build warp drives and beat the galactic speed limit.
If we want real public understanding of new findings, we must also open up peer review.
The element was discovered in the fallout of a thermonuclear blast.
Quantum mechanics is strange. A philosopher explains just how strange, and what it means for reality.
Field theory describes the universe as energy flowing along unending lines. With this perspective, it is possible to define a new fundamental building block of matter.
The h-index has become an indicator of quality for many researchers and may influence the allocation of research funds. But some question its value.
There are two types of time travel: going back in time and going forward in time. And remarkably, people can feel time at different rates - but usually don’t notice it.
Albert Einstein may have been the ultimate example of a visionary genius, but that did not stop him from twice losing his way due to beliefs that were perhaps not so scientific.
One of Einstein’s weirder predictions is that massive, spinning objects exert a drag on space-time itself. Now an orbiting pair of unusual stars has revealed this effect in action.
Scientists turned Earth into one giant telescope to capture the uncapturable.
Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud and cognitive scientists have all wrestled with the human tendency to behave in ways that are irrational and self-defeating.
The crucial phase of our discovery of black holes took place in a suitably dark period of human history – World War II.
A black hole is an object with such a strong gravitational pull that nothing, not even light, can escape from it.
It’s all about the strong gravitational field of the black hole.
Astronomers traced a single star as it passed close to the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, and detected the telltale signature of Einstein’s gravity in action.