Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Physics professor featured in Scientific American

May 18, 2017

Yasunori Nomura penned an article on multiverse theory for Scientific American's June 2017 issue.

Astronomers see waves of lava in Io’s largest volcanic crater

May 10, 2017

Taking advantage of a rare orbital alignment between two of Jupiter’s moons, Io and Europa, researchers have obtained an exceptionally detailed map of the largest lava lake on Io, the most volcanically active body in the solar system.

Kelly Swanson, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Physics, will be Berkeley's champion in UC Grand Slam

May 4, 2017

May 4th is the Grad Slam, UC’s system-wide contest that challenges graduate students to explain their research in three jargon-free minutes. All of the first place champions from each UC campus face off to compete for the UC-wide trophy and gain the attention of industry, academic, media, and government leaders.

Three faculty, including renowned physicist, named to the American Philosophical Society

May 2, 2017

Three UC Berkeley professors, including John Clarke, have been honored with election to the American Philosophical Society. 

Pioneering radio astronomer Harold Weaver dies at age 99

May 3, 2017

Harold Francis Weaver, a pioneer of radio astronomy who discovered the first microwave laser, or maser, in space, passed away peacefully in his Kensington, California, home on April 26 at the age of 99.

Walter Alvarez: A geologist ponders the improbability of life

April 25, 2017

His new book, A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves, was inspired by a course Alvarez taught for five years, until his retirement in 2011, called “Big History,” in which he approached human history from a geologic and ultimately cosmic perspective, stretching back to the universe’s origin 13.8 billion years ago. The book is his attempt to make the scientific background of big history accessible to those without a science background, specifically historians and other humanists, through personal stories.

Berkeley Lab astrophysicists develop novel method for finding gravitationally lensed Type 1a supernovae

April 21, 2017

With the help of an automated supernova-hunting pipeline and a galaxy sitting 2 billion light years away from Earth that’s acting as a “magnifying glass,’’ astronomers have captured multiple images of a Type Ia supernova—the brilliant explosion of a star—appearing in four different locations on the sky. So far this is the only Type Ia discovered that has exhibited this effect.

Watch the building of the Simons Observatory! (Video)

April 14, 2017

The Eternal Sky, a short film about building the Simons Observatory, highlights Berkeley research as well as the people behind the development and construction of this world class research facility.

West Coast rollout of updated ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warning system

April 12, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey and its university, state and private partners this week announced the rollout of the latest version of the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, bringing it to all West Coast states.

Don’t Miss the Berkeley Grad Slam Championship!

April 4, 2017

See eight graduate student semi-finalists (including 4 from L&S) compete to be the Berkeley Champion!