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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
If I’m having trouble sleeping and feel like spinning my wheels in the dark, I like to meditate on the simulation hypothesis—the idea that we’re living inside a kind of…
Why is the Universe as it is and not something else? Why is the Universe here at all? It is true that at present we have no clue to the…
I have come to perceive a cosmos filled with superintelligent beings — a virtually infinite number of them, whose minds have transcended their earthbound bodies and are independent of any…
The physics and metaphysics of the creation of the universe
Alan Lightman on the theory of everything, technology as mediator of human experience, and empathizing with the religious impulse
Face to face with the infinite
Science’s crisis of faith
On the quest for antigravity