Gene Tracy
Chancellor Professor of Physics, William & Mary, Virginia

Gene Tracy is Chancellor Professor of Physics at William & Mary, Virginia. He blogs about science and culture at The Icarus Question.

Written by Gene Tracy

The planet Jupiter. Observed 1 November 1880 at 9.30pm. From the Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings (1882) by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot. Courtesy The New York Public Library
Essay/
History of science
Behold: science as seeing

One astronomer’s dimpled pie is another’s cratered moon. How can our mind’s eye learn to see the new and unexpected?

Gene Tracy

From the Robert Kennedy funeral train, USA, 1968. Photo by Paul Fusco/Magnum
Essay/
Physics
A science without time

From past to present, into the future: the flow of time is central to human experience. Why isn’t it central to physics?

Gene Tracy

Illustration by Eleanor Taylor/Heart Agency
Essay/
History of ideas
Sky readers

For most of human history, the stars told us where we were in space and time. Have we forgotten how to look up?

Gene Tracy

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