“You Think You’re Smarter Than Einstein?” “No, Mom.”

In order to make his greatest discovery, Robert Kirshner had to overcome his own intellectual prejudice—and his mother’s.

What Came Before the Big Bang?

It’s a back-of-the-auditorium kind of question, and scientists don’t have an answer for it yet. But they’re getting there, says Robert Kirshner.

The Next Nutty Science Idea

Not all nutty ideas are good science, says Robert Kirshner. But there’s a mystery in physics whose solution, when it arrives, will probably sound pretty weird at first.

Cosmic Secrets of the Supernova

Robert Kirshner’s research into supernovae overturned decades of scientific assumptions about the universe, and how it is mysteriously expanding at a rapid rate.