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Allan Adams is a theoretical physicist. String is his theory of choice, and he uses it to study the history of the universe.


Allan is a glider plane pilot, meaning that he joyfully glides in planes with no engines.

Making Waves

Allan Adams enthuses about waves, a simple phenomenon at the root of almost everything.

Searching for Lift

Allan Adams learns how not to fall from the sky in a glider plane.

30 Second Science with Allan Adams

We give Allan Adams 30 seconds to describe his science and he tries to explain the history of the universe.

10 Questions for Allan Adams

We ask Allan Adams 10 questions and he tells us he makes lots of mistakes.

Blog Posts

I Believe I Can Fly
Beneath The Surface
Ask Allan Your Questions


About Allan Adams

Allan is a theoretical physicist, specializing in string theory. He teaches at MIT.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.