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.
Reduction is an approach that has been successful in science but is not itself synonymous with "science."
Climate change and artificial intelligence pose substantial — and possibly existential — problems for humanity to solve. Can we?
Make it so.
Like Fox Mulder, people have a lot of strong opinions about UFOs.
Today, it's common knowledge, but it took scientists centuries to figure out.
The 1998 hit is making a comeback. Stop what you're doing and watch the original.
No. But Buddhism and quantum mechanics have much to teach each other.
Neither. We are entering an AI autumn.
With the rise of Big Data, methods used to study the movement of stars or atoms can now reveal the movement of people. This could have important implications for cities.
Reductionism offers a narrow view of the Universe that fails to explain reality.
Sometimes, moral lessons can be learned from blowing away zombies.
Differences in the way that the Hubble constant—which measures the rate of cosmic expansion—are measured have profound implications for the future of cosmology.
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."
Spirituality can be an uncomfortable word for atheists. But does it deserve the antagonism that it gets?
Even diehard fans are experiencing superhero exhaustion. But it's not impossible to do something original.
Three lines of evidence point to the idea of complex, multicellular alien life being a wild goose chase. But are we clever enough to know?
"The Expanse" is the best vision I've ever seen of a space-faring future that may be just a few generations away.
The opening lines of Smartmatic's $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News lay bare the culture of denial in the US.
Adam Frank, a card-carrying atheist and physics professor, wonders if there might be more to life than pure science.
Welcome to the 13.8 relaunch, a new Big Think column led by physicists and friends Adam Frank and Marcelo Gleiser.
Observing the great gas giant helps me to keep important things in perspective.
Since the late 1800s, what we know has advanced light years ahead.
The process of digging into hard questions makes the moment of discovery all the more satisfying.
Superposition, entanglement, qubits, and Google's big announcement.
Colonizing the Red Planet isn't a bad idea in theory. But . . .
We're bored, and we've lost our ability to be awestruck and amazed. Let's fix that.
* Well, hold on a minute. Those claims are debatable.
Is it time to take the idea of panspermia more seriously?
The collapse of Theranos reminds us that in science, facts have the last word.