| Jan 28, 2010
Andrew E. Lange, a Caltech physicist and co-leader of an international team that produced a detailed image of remnants of the Big Bang showing the universe is flat, has died in an apparent suicide, Pasadena police said. He was 52.
Caltech President Jean-...
| Jan 31, 2010
Astrophysicist Geoffrey Burbidge, who with his wife and two other colleagues determined how elements are synthesized in the nuclear reactors of stars, died Tuesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla after a long illness. He was 84.
| Dec 14, 2010
Chemist John B. Fenn, who shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in chemistry for work that made possible the rapid analysis of the structure of proteins and other biomolecules through mass spectrometry, died Friday in Richmond, Va. He was 93 and died of...
| May 19, 2011
Willard S. Boyle, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of the revolutionary imaging device that is at the heart of digital cameras of all descriptions, died May 7 at a hospital in his home town of Wallace, Canada. He was 86 and had...
| Aug 8, 2010
Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
W.W. Norton, 448 pp.; $27.95
If thinking about the quantum theory doesn't make you schwindlig (dizzy), then you haven't understood it, Niels Bohr, its great...
| Aug 8, 2010
Gerson Goldhaber, a UC Berkeley physicist who played a key role in identifying some of the fundamental particles of nature, then switched careers and helped show that the universe is expanding rather than contracting, died of natural causes at his home in...
| Aug 8, 2010
In a cosmic reading mood? Let these three forthcoming books satisfy your search for fresh, unexpected insights into the nature of the universe.
God, free will, quantum versus Newtonian theories — no subject is too big (or nanoscopic) for...
| Jan 16, 2011
Albert Ghiorso, a Berkeley engineer who played a crucial role in the discovery of 12 elements, more than any other scientist, died Dec. 26 at his home near the UC Berkeley campus. He was 95 and died of heart failure after a minor fall near his home.
| Feb 3, 2011
Leon Knopoff, a UCLA researcher who was widely regarded as the father of theoretical seismology, died of respiratory failure Jan. 20 at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was 85.
Knopoff did pioneering research in "how an earthquake works," said his colleague,...
| Sep 5, 2010
The Grand Design
Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Bantam: 200 pp., $28
Robert Oppenheimer was fond of proposing that physics and poetry were becoming indistinguishable. In "The Grand Design," Cambridge theorist Stephen Hawking and Caltech physicist...
| Sep 23, 2010
Holding the business end of a centrifuge in one hand and a jar of pea solids and their liquid in the other, Nathan Myhrvold explains with a gleam in his eye how to separate pea purée at a force 40,000 times Earth's gravity. "It's a fun thing to do to food...