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When science seems like magic

Eight stories show how recondite physics can be life-enhancing entertainment

By Graham Farmelo   May 2020
3D view of an event showing characteristics expected from the decay of the Higgs boson Credit: Cern

3D view of an event showing characteristics expected from the decay of the Higgs boson Credit: Cern

Science sometimes resembles magic. Not in the sense of influencing events by trickery, but by correctly predicting aspects of the universe before they have been observed. In The Magicians, the accomplished science writer Marcus Chown speculates on how gifted theoreticians can become sorcerers. 

To illustrate what Chown describes as “the central miracle of science,” he…

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