Sidney Perkowitz
Science Writer

Sidney Perkowitz is a science writer and has been Candler Professor of Physics Emeritus at Emory University. He is the author of Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World (2007) and his latest books are Physics: A Very Short Introduction (2019) and Real Scientists Don’t Wear Ties (forthcoming, 2019). He lives in Atlanta.

Written by Sidney Perkowitz

A lightning storm over the Taravo Valley on the French island of Corsica, 15 August 2018. Photo by Pascal Pochard Casabianca/Afp/Getty

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Earth science and climate
Flash!

It ignited life on Earth, propelled evolution, and now signals climate change. Yet what sparks lightning remains a mystery

Sidney Perkowitz

Photo by Christopher Anderson/Magnum

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Future of technology
Crimes of the future

Predictive policing uses algorithms to analyse data and cut crime. But does it really work, and should it be trusted?

Sidney Perkowitz

What if light slowed down? Illustration by Matt Murphy/Handsome Frank

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Deep time
Light dawns

Light travels at around 300,000 km per second. Why not faster? Why not slower? A new theory inches us closer to an answer

Sidney Perkowitz

ESA’s Optical Ground Station in the Canary Islands has set a new distance world record in ‘quantum teleportation’ by reproducing the characteristics of a light particle across 143 km of open air. Photo courtesy ESA

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Future of technology
Quantum gravity

The most exciting discovery in physics could come about thanks to telecoms satellites. Is a single theory of reality in sight?

Sidney Perkowitz

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