Two weeks ago, I joined my distinguished colleagues Natalie Wolchover, John Rennie and Kevin Hartnett, and the director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Robbert Dijkgraaf, for an intellectually invigorating public panel discussion about some of the big scientific and mathematical themes and ideas contained in our two new books, Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire and The Prime Number Conspiracy. As much fun as the conversation itself proved to be, it was equally wonderful getting to meet and chat with many of the 200+ readers who joined us. If you were there, thank you for making the event a big success. If you weren't able to attend, we have now released the discussion in both video and podcast form.
Before I let you explore our thought-provoking stories from this week (you must watch this video of the mathematician Tadashi Tokieda demonstrating one of his physics "toys"), I hope you will consider reading our books and writing reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Goodreads. And, as we were thrilled to see Bill Gates do yesterday, please spread the word on social media. Any and all royalties from sales of the books go back into Quanta's budget to support the high quality journalism you've come to expect from us.
Thomas Lin, Quanta editor in chief