Walter Pitts: the homeless teen runaway who revolutionized neuroscience, inspired the design of modern computers and laid the foundations of artificial intelligence.
What does the M in M theory stand for? In the 19 April issue of New Scientist, I get to the bottom of the mystery. Adapted from my book, Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn.
I'm so excited to announce the launch of BookLab, the new podcast hosted by Dan Falk and myself. In each episode, we'll be putting popular science books under the microscope. For in depth discussions on everything from parallel universes to the birth of computers to the nature of consciousness, and for great book recommendations, be sure to tune in! On LibSyn, SoundCloud and iTunes.
I'm honored that the esteemed Kirkus Reviews named Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn one of the Best Books of 2014. Very happy to be one of the newcomers.
"It got really odd, because we couldn’t figure out if we were living in the book or outside the book! It was very strange.” The Pennsylvania Gazette talks with my dad about the road to Trespassing.
"Perhaps the best popular science book that has appeared this year, Gefter shows the reader how much someone can learn about physics without ever having taken a single university class on the topic."
At Cocktail Party Physics, the always fabulous Jennifer Ouellette chose her favorite physics books of the year and Trespassing is one of them! "Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn is part memoir, part explanatory physics — except Gefter’s writing is so well-crafted and witty, it never feels didactic."
BookRiot chose their "favorite books about life, the universe and everything" and Trespassing made the cut! "Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn is both the story of how Gefter became a journalist (spoiler: it’s hilarious, inspiring, and totally awesome) and a profound, in-depth look at the very nature of reality, from quantum mechanics to multiverses."
Trespassing made the list! "Gefter’s text stands out as one that “tackles weighty concepts in physics and philosophy…[with] enough charm and personality” to pull it off."
On November 10, 2014 I gave a talk about Trespassing, invariance and the nature of reality at Google's office in Cambridge, MA. Check out the video here!
From Discovery to Dust: A scientific odyssey. My narrative account of the decades that led to BICEP2 and the possible discovery of gravitational waves - through the eyes of the physicists who journeyed to the ends of the Earth and the edges of the mind in their quest to understand the origin of the universe.
Could nothing be what something looks like from the inside? Frozen universes, hidden fields and quantum maggots - my essay on the strange logic of nothing.
What should parents and educators do with angsty, misbehaving teens? Steer them toward physics for the ultimate exercise in rebellion.
Black holes, observers, the theory of everything and the meaning of nothing...I chat with Dutch journalist Pieter van der Wielen (English with Dutch subtitles)
The Dutch edition of Trespassing has just come out, from the amazing team at Maven Publishing. Once you've solved the mystery of the universe, have a hand at the crossword puzzle on the back flap.
Jermey Matthews, books editor at Physics Today, asked some great questions in this Bookends Q&A
A concept developed for computer science could have a key role in fundamental physics — and point the way to a new understanding of space and time. My feature story in Nature.
Invariance and reality, black holes and firewalls, emergence and consciousness - Jennifer Ouellette and I chat about it all on the Virtually Speaking Science podcast on BlogTalkRadio and at the Exploratorium in Second Life.
"Look: there’s my mind, sitting on someone’s nightstand beside the red-framed glasses." My guest post on the awkwardness of promoting a book about solipsism at the awesome blog Cocktail Party Physics.