Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Astronomers uncover new evidence that all stars are born in pairs

June 14, 2017

Did our sun have a twin when it was born 4.5 billion years ago?

Almost certainly yes — though not an identical twin. And so did every other sunlike star in the universe, according to a new analysis by a theoretical physicist from UC Berkeley and a radio astronomer from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here’s what you’ll see on Aug. 21

June 13, 2017

Are you wondering what the total solar eclipse in late summer will look like from your patio? Or where to travel to get the best view of the eclipse?

A unique simulator produced by the Eclipse Megamovie Project – a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and Google – has just what you need.

New guide to the Hayward Fault in UC Berkeley’s backyard

June 9, 2017

Horst Rademacher invites you to lace up your walking shoes, grab a water bottle and take a leisurely tour of the most dangerous earthquake fault in the Bay Area – the one that cuts directly through the UC Berkeley campus.

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Arts & Humanities

The division seeks to inspire students to seek for truth and explore creative ideas about our world and its diverse cultures through courses in literature, arts, languages, and philosophy.

Einstein project names Murayama one of world’s top influencers

May 31, 2017

Hitoshi Murayama has been named a Genius Contributor for a project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, reports the Einstein Legacy Project on May 31.

DJ Khaled surprises statistics graduation

May 19, 2017

Steve Stoute — a cultural force who has built a name in the music industry and as a marketing and brand entrepreneur — brought his savvy to the Zellerbach Playhouse at UC Berkeley Thursday, telling graduating statistics students that “data is the instrument, now go be the artist. Keep pushing the culture forward.”

Then he introduced his surprise for the grads. “Here is your gift today!” he told them, bringing out DJ Khaled.

Berkeley scientists use x-rays to help to solve mystery of floating rocks

May 26, 2017

It’s true—some rocks can float on water for years at a time. And now scientists know how they do it, and what causes them to eventually sink.

Early earthquake warning system coming to California in 2018

May 23, 2017

California will roll out an earthquake early warning system sometime in 2018, thanks in part to researchers at UC Berkeley.

Despite failed vision, alum running a self-guided race to his Ph.D.

May 18, 2017

Newton Nguyen, profiled by Berkeley News, discusses his sucess at Berkeley and how he learned to "see code" after going blind.