Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.