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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

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

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

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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