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Physical Cosmology

Dissident physicist was too big for China

Fang Lizhi, the dissident physicist who died in exile in the United States last week and whose political ideas inspired the 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square, was once asked what he thought about China's political reform.

Tuesday, 10 April, 2012, 12:00am

Tweeting the Universe

Tweeting the Universe by Marcus Chown and Govert Schilling Faber and Faber (e-book)

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Nobel winners predict chilly end for humanity

Would you rather burn or freeze to death? In the long run, humanity won't have a choice: we'll freeze, if we last that long, according to the three astronomers who will receive this year's Nobel Prize in physics in Sweden on Thursday.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the science column headlined 'A far-fetched idea that might compute' in the Sunday Morning Post, it should have said: 'The number of computational steps the universe has already executed/calculated since the big bang has been estimated to be approximately 10[to power]120 steps in total so far; that would be - give or take - 10[to power]20 to 10[to power]30 steps/computations for each atom in

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Delving deep for the dark arts of physics

Chinese scientists are digging deep to win a Nobel prize. Enveloped in rock more than 2.5 kilometres below the earth's surface, the Jinping Deep Underground Laboratory in southwestern Sichuan is the world's deepest scientific facility, according to Science magazine.

Its purpose is to find dark matter - and at that depth, the lab enjoys almost perfect radio silence.

28 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

In Search of the Multiverse

In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin Wiley HK$200

How many versions of you are there - one or millions? Some physicists believe that an infinite number of universes exist parallel to the one we live in.

7 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

The universe: a preview

Six of our junior reporters sneaked a preview of the television programme Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking at the Space Museum on September 12.

They also had an inspiring lesson on the universe in an interview with Chu Ming-chung, space expert and physics professor; Jonathan Wong Yui-hei, teenage space enthusiast; and Wan Hoi, UFO expert.

Adrian Yeung

22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Space: above and beyond

New TV series explains the mysteries of the universe - win a pair of free tickets to the first screening

A free screening will be held at the Hong Kong Space Museum next week to promote a new TV series.

24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


What the movers and shakers are reading

I enjoy reading, but I don't enjoy reading books related to finance. I read a lot, both for work and for pleasure, but I still wish I had more time to read for pleasure.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

New theory on how it all started

While we were rolling out the red carpet, Stephen Hawking apparently didn't see fit to share with us his latest and even more intriguing theory about how it all started. Apparently, Hawking and his colleague, Thomas Hertog, of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, have a startling new proposal about how the universe was created.

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

When dads meet, talk turns to God and the universe

'Mr Universe' Stephen Hawking yesterday gave Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen some advice on how to turn young people on to science, recommending financial support to encourage them to study science at university and funding for research posts to keep them here after graduation.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Hawking takes city on universal trip

It was the moment in space-time Hong Kong had been waiting for, when king of physics Stephen Hawking would take the people on a cosmological roller-coaster ride from the big bang through the present to the future of the universe.

16 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Looking into deep space

Much of what we know about the universe is thanks to pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope which was launched by Nasa in 1990

Plans to build a telescope that could be launched into deep space began in the late 1970s, soon after the first space mission.

2 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

The Big Bang

Have you ever wondered how the world began? Ever thought about the vastness of the universe? Whether there is life on other planets? These and many other questions will be answered in this new column which aims to get your mind buzzing over the summer.

4 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Time is on our side, says weird scientist

Wow, what a relief! Our universe will last for another 26 billion years, 15 billion more than previously thought. It's also certainly an improvement on 2060, the year of the Apocalypse as predicted by Isaac Newton.

Here's a very good reason to prefer modern physics over Newton's.

13 Nov 2004 - 12:00am