The Day Feynman Worked Out Black-Hole Radiation on My Blackboard
After a few minutes, Richard Feynman had worked out the process of spontaneous emission, which is what Stephen Hawking became famous for a year later.Wikicommons The amazing image of a black hole unveiled Wednesday, along with data from the Event Horizon Telescope, may not substantiate Stephen Hawking’s famous theory that radiation, an example of spontaneous […]
When the Heavens Stopped Being Perfect
Physics:The advent of the telescope punctured our ideals about the nighttime sky.
It’s Personal: Five Scientists on the Heroes Who Changed Their Lives
Memoir:Meet the inspiring people—none named Einstein—who helped these scientists find their calling.
Why “Hawking Radiation” Was Almost “Feynman Radiation”
Nautilus’ Ingenious this month, Alan Lightman, is a successful writer and physicist, and one of the very rare people to receive an appointment in both science and humanities at MIT*. He did his doctoral research at Caltech while Richard Feynman was a professor there. One day, Lightman was on hand to see the brilliant and […]