A Brief History of Scientists Hunting for Time Travelers

Time travel is possible—or at least a lot of serious physicists say so. It's probably not possible to pull it off in a souped-up Delorean, but there are wormholes, Tipler cylinders, and other Einstein-inspired theories for how it could work. Which raises the question: Why haven't we met any visitors from another time? » 10/09/14 3:39pm 10/09/14 3:39pm

This Summer's Bestselling Book That Everyone Starts And Nobody Finishes

Mathematician Jordan Ellenberg ran some numbers for the Wall Street Journal to determine which of Amazon's most popular e-books people start but never finish. The classic example, apparently, is Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time – but the astrophysicist's rarely-read bestseller was far from this summer's… » 7/06/14 5:00pm 7/06/14 5:00pm

Stephen Hawking Interviewed By John Oliver Is Absolutely Hilarious

Physicist Stephen Hawking's recent appearance on Last Week Tonight was genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious. Oliver had him kickstart a new segment called "People Who Think Good," where he was asked about the dangers of AI, time travel — and Oliver's metaphysical odds of dating Charlize Theron. A must watch. » 6/16/14 10:30am 6/16/14 10:30am

Imagine Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke together in…

Back in 1988, Magnus Magnusson (best name ever) somehow managed to bring three of the 20th Century's most fascinating personalities together to discuss God, the Universe, and Everything Else. In the hour-long program, the three talked about the Big Bang theory, the connection between science and scifi, the rise of… » 3/06/13 7:30am 3/06/13 7:30am

Is Stephen Hawking 'more machine now than man'?

There's a great piece over at Wired by anthropologist Hélène Mialet about Stephen Hawking and the various ways he's learned to adapt to — and even transcend — his severe physical limitations. While it would be tempting to merely discuss his infrared activated voice synthesizer and robotic wheelchair, Mialet points… » 1/08/13 4:00pm 1/08/13 4:00pm

Stephen Hawking on the Higgs discovery: "It seems I have just lost 100…

It's official (unofficially) — scientists at CERN have found the most compelling evidence yet for the existence of the Higgs Boson. That's obviously very exciting, but the discovery has bittersweet implications for Stephen Hawking. Find out why the famed cosmologist bet against the Higgs, and why he's eating crow for… » 7/05/12 7:35am 7/05/12 7:35am