Physicist Aron Wall studies black and worm holes and space-time.
Photo: Nicole Egley Wall
It is a much-debated theory that essentially hinges on a question that many a gum-chewing 12-year-old has asked of parents: “If the universe had a beginning, what existed before that?”
Wall’s answer to this fundamental question — which also forces one to puzzle over the definition of nothingness — is what has made him popular in the religious community and a bit unusual for a scientist...
He will be given his award along with 20 other winners of the Breakthrough Prize, during a televised ceremony Nov. 4 at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in Mountain View. The prizes, touted as the “Oscars of Science,” honor world-changing discoveries in life sciences, physics and mathematics.
Wall is the only Bay Area resident to win a prize for the coming year.
Xiaowei Zhuang, who got her doctorate degree from UC Berkeley and conducted her postdoctoral research at Stanford, won a $3 million Breakthrough award for scientific discovery. Zhuang, now a Harvard University professor and optical imaging investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, won in the life sciences category for discovering hidden structures in cells and developing super-resolution imaging.Read more...
Source: San Francisco Chronicle