SETI Open Letter

In 2015, Yuri joined a stellar group of scientists and intellectuals to sign an open letter about the importance of the search for life in the Universe. The letter appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and [other publications].

Tabby’s Star

Edge Question 2016

In 2016, Yuri contributed an article to the annual Edge question, looking at the recent excitement over the mysterious “Tabby’s Star,” and the light it cast on astrobiology as a serious scientific field.

The Longevity Factor

Edge Question 2017

In 2017 Yuri made his second contribution to the annual Edge question, considering the potential lifespan of our civilization and physical challenges to the survival of life in the far future of the Universe.

May science go Gangnam (Paywall)

The Economist, “The World in 2017”

The Economist’s special edition, The World in 2017, contained predictions for the year ahead. Yuri’s contribution discussed the high likelihood of major scientific breakthroughs in the coming year, and whether the general public would pay attention to them.

This Year’s Game Changers in Space

New York Times - Turning Points 2017

The NYT’s Turning Points explores what critical moments from this year might mean for the year ahead. In 2017, Yuri contributed an article looking at some major scientific advances of the previous year – the discovery of an Earthsized planet in our nearest star system, the genomic analysis of the last universal common ancestor, and the detection of gravitational waves – what they meant to him and how they can inspire us all.

Stephen Hawking: The Universe Does Not Forget, and Neither Will We

Scientific American 2017

In March 2017, Stephen Hawking passed away. The world-famous cosmologist had been an inaugural winner of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics; and he had partnered with Yuri in launching the Breakthrough Initiatives in 2015, and Breakthrough Starshot in 2016. Yuri wrote this obituary for Scientific American, dwelling on Hawking’s greatness both as a physicist and as a man.