The Second Kind of Impossible

Published February 15, 2019

A new book by Paul J. Steinhardt entitled The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter (Simon and Schuster: 2019) is a gripping real life scientific adventure tale that illustrates how science works. Dr. Steinhardt is perhaps most well known as the Albert Einstein Professor of Science at Princeton University and as director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical science. He is author with Neil Turok of Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang, an exploration of early cosmology. In this new book he recounts his amazing adventures in discovering against all odds a new form of matter called a quasicrystal. The book has already drawn well deserved praise from such eminent writers as Brian Greene, Freeman Dyson, Sir Roger Penrose, and Walter Isaacson. I was unable to put it down until reading it through to the end.