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Theoretical Physicists

Sound advice on how to be brilliant

Sound advice on how to be brilliant

So you want to be brilliant, but you worry that you lack the necessary in-born traits? Never fear. Nearly anyone can achieve mental brilliance, if they choose the right habits, according to American professors Edward Burger and Michael Starbird in their new guide to better mental agility.

Monday, 20 August, 2012, 9:54am

Corrections & clarifications

The caption to a photograph of scientist Peter Higgs accompanying the report, 'Behold the God particle', on page 13 of the Sunday Morning Post on July 8 stated, incorrectly, that he is a Nobel laureate.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

At last, a European project triumphs

Amid all the doom and gloom about the possible break-up of the euro zone, another grand European project which has time and again been threatened with failure has delivered. Many of the world's finest physicists at Cern have, by using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), found what is likely to be the Higgs boson, the long-sought particle needed to complete the standard model of physics.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Thinking different is not always easy

Much was made about how the winner of this year's Nobel Prize for chemistry, Dan Shechtman, suffered years of professional ostracism for claiming to have discovered an entirely new class of solid material. That is hardly surprising.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Portrait of a genius as the Einstein show comes to town

Fans of Albert Einstein no longer need travel to his legendary museum in Switzerland to pay homage. For more than four months from today, some 200 of the genius' personal possessions and writings from the museum in Berne will be on display at the Hong Kong Science Museum.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Einstein exhibit reveals man and his work

In his first visit to Hong Kong in 1922, Albert Einstein compared the scenic city to Switzerland.

If he were to see the city today, the father of modern physics would probably change his mind.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Into the mind of Hawking

Mysteries surrounding the universe have fascinated people for centuries. In a new television series, the world's leading scientist, Stephen Hawking, puts the spotlight on aliens, time travel and how it will all end, among others, raising a few eyebrows in the process.

2 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Intrigue and genius

Most people opt to watch family movies and comedies at the cinema over Christmas, but here's a chance to try something a little more challenging this holiday.

Japanese films such as 20th Century Boys and Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit have proved popular in Hong Kong this year, and Suspect X, a detective thriller, looks set to follow suit.

14 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

The brilliant minds of science

Albert Einstein

When he was a child, none of Albert Einstein's teachers realised how clever he was. Einstein disliked school so much he failed almost all of his courses.

He was born on 14 March, 1879 in Ulm in Germany. Although he left school when he was 15, he continued to study on his own.

26 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: the legacy of a great scientist

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

When scientists and religion don't mix

There is, apparently, a publishing rule that says every formula cited in a science book reduces sales by half, but putting the word 'God' in the title or chapter headings boosts sales. I wonder what would happen with one titled The God Equation?

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Young duo explore the universe

George's Secret Key to the Universe

Lucy and Stephen Hawking

Published by Doubleday

ISBN 978 0 385 61181 7

George's parents are doing their bit to save the planet. They're vegetarians and don't like modern inventions. They wash their clothes by hand and don't own a car or use electricity.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics and the Birth of the Nuclear Age

Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics and the Birth of the Nuclear Age

by Gino Segre

Jonathan Cape, HK$208

It's often enjoyable reading people's accounts of their passions. Gino Segre, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, is passionate about physics and its modern development.

19 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Basic biology tops the agenda at science prizes

The results of this year's Shaw Prizes for the good and the great in the sciences were announced this week but reporters were only interested in one thing: is Weng Fan (below), the 29-year-old wife of octogenarian Nobel Prize-winning physicist Yang Chen-ning, really pregnant?

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Poor health clouds prospects of further visits

This could be physicist Stephen Hawking's last trip to China, the man who invited him to Hong Kong has warned.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am