Professor Martoff bringing dark matter to light
"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”
Those are some of Albert Einstein’s most celebrated words. The phrase is also a statement Professor of Physics Jeff Martoff chose to have wallpapered onto the glass wall adjacent to his office door in the Science Education and Research Center (SERC) on Main Campus. Einstein’s quote doesn’t stand alone—it’s paired with a mural of a galaxy that features the scientist’s head, in case there’s any question about whom to credit for the sentiment. It’s not a surprise that physicists like Martoff are drawn to Einstein’s remarks. They have studied and analyzed our world and universe for more than 100 years. They understand how almost everything works, from atoms to the solar system, in great mathematical detail. But there’s something brewing in the cosmos that could irk physicists.