Adam Frank is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester and a leading expert on the final stages of evolution for stars like the sun. Frank's computational research group at the University of Rochester has developed advanced supercomputer tools for studying how stars form and how they die. A self-described “evangelist of science," he is the author of four books and the co-founder of 13.8, where he explores the beauty and power of science in culture with physicist Marcelo Gleiser.
Philosophers and scientists spent millennia arguing about the nature of light. It turned out to be stranger than anyone imagined.
The world is full of great mysteries. This is one of them.
Does history have a grand narrative, or is it just a random walk to no place in particular? And is the world as we know it about to change?
When Olympic athletes perform dazzling feats of athletic prowess, they are using the same principles of physics that gave birth to stars and planets.
Information may not seem like something physical, yet it has become a central concern for physicists. A wonderful new book explores the importance of the "dataome" for the physical, biological, and human worlds.
One single plot of data embodies the most profound thing we know about the stars.
If you truly want to understand modern astrophysics, knowing how to read this graph is essential.
Reduction is an approach that has been successful in science but is not itself synonymous with "science."
Reductionism offers a narrow view of the universe that fails to explain reality.
Hunter-gatherers probably had more spare time than you.
75 years after Erwin Schrödinger's prescient description of something like DNA, we still don't know the "laws of life."