High-Energy Physics

Science reporting, especially high-energy physics and astrophysics, is extremely full of nonsense. Even famous people like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene can be full of themselves. Tyson claims to be an astrophysicist but has never worked at it. He’s mostly a lecturer and author (don’t waste your money).

Anyway, there are three people I watch for the news.

Matt O’Dowd

Matt O’Dowd spends his time studying the universe, especially really far-away things like quasars, super-massive black holes, and evolving galaxies. He uses telescopes in space to do it. Matt completed his Ph.D. at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute, followed by work at the University of Melbourne and Columbia University. He’s now a professor at the City University of New York’s Lehman College and an Associate at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium.

This is his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/pbsspacetime


Peter Woit

Peter Woit is a theoretical physicist, mathematician, critic of string theory, and author of the popular science blog Not Even Wrong. Mathematician at Columbia University.

Peter’s website http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/

Peter’s blog at Columbia https://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/

Here is a good place to start on YouTube Peter Woit: Theories of Everything & Why String Theory is Not Even Wrong


Sabine Hossenfelder – Sabine Hossenfelder has a PhD in physics and is presently a Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). She is the author of the book “Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray” (Basic Books, 2018) and blogs at backreaction.blogspot.com

Her new book was published in August 2022 … “Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions”

This is her YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/SabineHossenfelder/about