Articles by

Rhett Allain

The Physics of the James Webb Space Telescope

There's actually another good reason to use infrared light for the JWST: It's difficult to get an...

The Physics of Wile E. Coyote’s 10 Billion-Volt Electromagnet

I like to analyze the physics of science fiction, and so I'm going to argue that the...

The World Is Messy. Idealizations Make the Physics Simple

Sometimes the universe is just too complicated to analyze.Heck, if you take a tennis ball and toss...

Can Your Gravitational Pull Affect Your Game of Pool?

Think of this plot in terms of area. The area on the graph covered by the blue...

Why Buzz Lightyear’s Rocket Launch Looks Better Than Reality

I know it's just a movie, and not even a live-action one—but the trailer for Lightyear compels...

Will Nathan Drake Make This Jump in the Uncharted Trailer?

You've played the video game, but now there’s a movie coming out based on Uncharted. One part...

Want to Lie on a Bed of Nails? Physics Has Your Back

This is the science of why you can recline on an array of very sharp things without...

If Clouds Are Made of Water, How Do They Stay in the Air?

Despite the conventional wisdom, they don’t really float.Everyone loves clouds. Although they are gigantic and beyond our...