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Duke physicist explains his discovery of the most massive fundamental particle

(09/17/19 6:20am)

Mark Kruse, Fuchsberg-Levine family professor of physics, has been researching high-energy particle physics and potential updates to the current model of the universe since graduate school. Kruse worked with Al Goshaw, James B. Duke professor emeritus of physics, to discover the top quark, the “heaviest elementary particle,” and together they were awarded the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize. Kruse sat down with The Chronicle to discuss his work with the top quark and the formation of the universe. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q&A with Adrian Bejan

(11/16/11 11:50am)

Acclaimed Duke professor Adrian Bejan, one of the 100 most highly cited authors in the world regarding engineering, is credited with the development of the constructal law of design in nature. Constructal law is the view in physics that the generation of design in nature is a universal phenomenon, involved in everything from the flow of rivers to the capillaries of the circulatory system to the global distribution of wealth. The Chronicle’s Michael Lee sat down with Bejan, professor in the department of mechanical engineering and materials science, to discuss his theories and the origins of the law.