On following the work of Natalie Wolchover of Quanta Magazine


Natalie Wolchover
Author, journalist, investigative reporter and senior writer at Quanta Magazine
BILinkedIn, SA, Simons, Twitter

A focus of this site has been on these articles:

  1. A Different Kind of Theory of Everything, The New Yorker (Feb. 19, 2019)
  2. The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature (July 20, 2018)
  3. Part II: A New Physics for Theory of Life  (July 26, 2017)
  4. What No New Particles Means for Physics (Quanta, Aug. 9, 2016)
  5. Mathematicians Bridge Finite-Infinite Divide (May 24, 2016)
  6. Physicists Hunt for the Big Bang’s Triangles (April 19, 2016)
  7. Visions of Future Physics with Nima (as in Arkani-Hamed) (September 22, 2015)
  8. Infinity and Beyond: The Ultimate Test (Quanta, Nov. 3, 2014) 
  9. Theory of Origin of Life (January 22, 2014)
  10. Amplitudhedron: Jewel (September 17, 2013)

Pictured on homepage with direct quote from “Physicists Hunt for the Big Bang’s Triangles

Natalie Wolchover

References to Natalie’s work on this website:
•   https://81018.com/instant/#Quanta  Analysis of the work of Fermilabs Chris Quigg with visualizations
•   https://81018.com/cosmology/ Duplicated here: https://81018.com/finite-to-infinite/
•  https://81018.com/attitudes/ Attitudes, Beliefs, and Conceptual Frameworks
•  https://81018.com/octonions/ The quaternion-and-octonion space
•  Discovered: https://81018.com/2015/02/05/fifteen/

Most recent email/tweet: July 30, 2018

Dear Natalie:

Your image is on our current homepage which eventually will only be reached at this URL: https://81018.com/attitudes/  Just below the image is this brief title:


The embedded link within that header goes to this statement:

* These eight are truly a rare breed of scholar-celebrity-and-critical thinker; each is making a substantial difference in our world. Here, images-names are linked to emails to them.

And below that there is this summary of your work:

Natalie Wolchover has a global following for every article she writes for Quanta Magazine.  She consistently takes us all to the leading-bleeding edge of scholarship with a depth of understanding that creates a fluency of conceptual development.”

The link embedded within your name goes to our page about you and your work:

If you ever want us to add, delete or otherwise change this posting, please let me know.

Thank you.


First Tweet: Monday, 26 February 2018

@nattyover Is this the best possible description of the big bang? “Once upon a time, about 13.8 billion years ago, our universe sprang from a quantum speck, ballooning to one million trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion times its initial volume…?” Quanta 4-19-2016

First email:  Wednesday, August 10, 2016 
Most recent update: 17 Aug 2016

TO: Natalie Wolchover (and the Editorial Team of Quanta Magazine)
FM: Bruce Camber

Dear Natalie:

I find that more often than not, when a link goes to an article in Quanta magazine, it is by Natalie Wolchover. You are quite remarkable with a wonderful sense of what is important in the field and what new piece of work will be shaping our future. Yes, remarkable.

What No New Particles Means for Physics (Quanta, August 9, 2016) is a point in case. Among all the summaries of the diphoton results, yours brought me back to CERN and into the inner circle where people are puzzled, concerned, and anxious. What will the future bring?

You caught one of the more important results at this point on our journey into the ever smaller world of high energy physics, when you quoted Raman Sundrum, “Naturalness is so well-motivated that its actual absence is a major discovery.” Among the many thousands directly involved and the hundreds of thousands who actively await studying the results, there have been several calls to re-examine the fundamental assumptions and first principles of their disciplines and their experimental platform. What are we missing? What variables might we tweak?

I had to write to you to say, “Thank you.” To experimental folks, I simply ask, “What about the progression of numbers from the Planck scale to the CERN scale?” Most will not know anything about that simple continuity equation, base-2 exponential notation, that binds all the Planck scale base units to every notation to this very day. That truly changes everything.

Yes, it is idiosyncratic, but simple things are a gift, aren’t they?

Thanks again for being who you are and for working as hard as you do.

Most sincerely,


Bruce E. Camber
The chart: https://81018.com/chart/