From PUP, the first chapter from Welcome to the Universe: The Problem Book by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss and J. Richard Gott. Ryan F. Mandelbaum on the scientists who look for nothing to understand everything. Scientists want to update these four fundamental constants. CERN declares war on the Standard Model. Physicists are trying to rewrite the axioms of quantum theory from scratch in an effort to understand what it all means — the problem? They’ve been almost too successful. Basic assumptions of physics might require the future to influence the past. Ethan Siegel on how the universe itself may be unnatural. Universe shouldn’t exist, CERN physicists conclude.

Creating a universe in the lab? The idea is no joke. Controversial new theory suggests life wasn’t a fluke of biology — it was physics. Evil triumphs in these multiverses, and God is powerless: How scientific cosmology puts a new twist on the problem of evil. String theory’s weirdest ideas finally make sense — thanks to VR.

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