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Simons Foundation 25th Anniversary

Commemorating 25 years of advancing the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences



In 1994, the Simons Foundation was born. To commemorate the anniversary, we published a book containing more than three dozen articles about the scientific and mathematical things we find beautiful; the mysteries we love; the science we’ve learned in 25 years; the contributions we’ve made in that time; and the problems we hope to solve by our 50th birthday. Below are the online versions of some of the articles. The entire book is available as PDF.

Featured Articles

February 20, 2020

The Universe’s Dark Expanding Mystery

February 20, 2020

By David Spergel

When it comes to the composition of the universe, we’ve made significant progress in finding out how little we know.

February 14, 2020

Many’s Not Too Many Anymore for Quantum Systems

February 14, 2020

Describing many-body quantum systems is generally next to impossible, physicists thought — until they realized that localized entanglement holds the key.

February 13, 2020

Four Ways to Find New Worlds

February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

Our Solo System: Exoplanets Reveal How Unique We Are

February 13, 2020

By Phil Armitage

Rocky planets inside, gas giants outside — we thought our solar system was typical. But the discovery of worlds around other stars has altered that view.

February 06, 2020

Symmetry in Relativity

February 06, 2020

February 06, 2020

How Symmetry Guides Our Search for Truth

February 06, 2020

With its aesthetic appeal, symmetry has been a beacon for mathematicians and physicists.

February 05, 2020

Beauty and the Brain

February 05, 2020

Cerebral fascinations: We asked our neuroscientists why they find the brain beautiful.

January 31, 2020

Sea Life You Can’t See: The Beauty of Ocean Microbes Revealed

January 31, 2020

January 30, 2020

You’re Not All Human: The Wonder of Gut Microbes

January 30, 2020

The finely tuned collection of bacteria, archaea and fungi collectively known as the microbiome hold an exquisite power that we are only beginning to recognize.

January 22, 2020

The Simons Foundation: How Did We Get Here?

January 22, 2020

By Marilyn H. Simons

The president of the Simons Foundation describes the growth of the organization and the evolution of its culture.

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