Adam Frank appears in the following:
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
When he isn't writing about big-picture topics here at 13.7, physicist Adam Frank is busy at the University of Rochester digging into the mysteries of the universe with a state-of-the-art astrophysical simulation tool called AstroBEAR.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
In science and math the distinction between right and wrong really means the difference between being factually correct or incorrect. But what about other kinds debates? What is the cost of our determination to be right about all things all of the time? Adam Frank thinks it's often too high.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Gravity has long worked to keep us from understanding our place in the universe. You, however, can do something about that. Go find a dark, comfortable field and lie down. Soon your perspective on the stars, and our place among them, will shift, altering your view of the universe forever.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Steven Pinker's recent New Republic essay titled "Science Is Not Your Enemy" has generated lots of discussion. Commentator Adam Frank's response is to call out Pinker for missing a key point in the debate around the squishy concept of scientism.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
For 60 years researchers have been searching for a way to unite our separate understandings of the very large and the very small into a single coherent theory. Now a remarkable new idea is raising eyebrows, and hopes, around the world. Has the path to solve this problem just been found?
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Robots are no longer a dream. They are growing in complexity and importance. So now, researchers have decided, is the time to start studying how we interact with them. Are they more dangerous than we realize?
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Science and literature may seem like two very different things. But the literature of science is, in fact, the very underpinning of almost everything we know. Adam Frank says now is the time to start thinking about how to make the foundations of science more accessible to the people who rely on its findings: you.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Adam Frank takes note of, and offers heartfelt thanks for, the response to his post on poetry and physics. It wasn't expected. But it was entirely welcome and fun.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
What does it mean for a poem to be hard? Is it the same thing as when science is hard? Should we expect to need a class to help us understand poetry, just as we expect to need one for understanding electromagnetism? Where, exactly, do we expect to find our truths and how hard should we expect to fight for them?
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Want to free yourself from the tyranny of gravity's constancy and see space bend? Like Einstein, just get into an elevator and pay close attention.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
How did the Zombie Apocalypse become a ubiquitous all-consuming (no pun intended) meme? Adam Frank says we keep re-telling this story because it's trying to tell us something about the future. Are we listening?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Is it really possible that the civilizations that grew up in the "other" hemisphere have nothing useful to say about value, the categories of experience or the nature of mind? No. Luckily, we may be on the cusp of a new global era for philosophy.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Big Data raises concerns about more than just privacy. The debate opening up before us is an essential one for a culture dominated by science and technology. Who determines if a technology is adopted? Who determines when and how it will be deployed? Who owns our data? What are our rights in this new world?
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Given the resistance that has grown in this country to any form of science that treads too closely to someone's cherished ideology, celebrating science for the gift that it is with a big, honking festival seems like a good idea, says commentator Adam Frank.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Big Data promises a future where our Big Cities become more flexible and responsive to human needs, argues commentator Adam Frank. While danger may lurk in the data sets, the fact is that we may need to mine Big Data for solutions to our everyday problems.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Mario Livio's new book profiles five brilliant scientists and thinkers who, despite their seminal contributions to our understanding of the world, were also wrong about some big questions. Commentator Adam Frank says Livio's engaging work highlights how the collective process that is science always gets it right in the end.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Religion is often organized in terms of a god, or gods. It's a system of beliefs embodied in a being or beings. But that's not always the case. It can mean more, a lot more, says Adam Frank after finding inspiration in the writing of Ronald Dworkin.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Dark detective tales never get old. It's the same old story every time, even when events take place off world and the people are nothing more than machines. It's a form we love to relive and revive with every generation, says commentator Adam Frank.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Refining our capacity to notice is an act of reverence that we can bring to everywhere and everywhen. It's an invitation, bringing the world's most basic presence into view, opening our horizons and restoring our spirits.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
There was a time when superheroes confined themselves to the pages of comic books piled up in a kids room. Now they're on the big screen and in the mainstream of pop culture. Commentator Adam Frank says there are winners and losers in this transformation.