Quanta Magazine
EditorThomas Lin
CategoriesPhysics, mathematics, biology, computer science
PublisherSimons Foundation
First issue2012
CountryUnited States
Websitewww.quantamagazine.org Edit this at Wikidata

Quanta Magazine is an editorially independent[1] online publication of the Simons Foundation covering developments in physics, mathematics, biology and computer science.

Undark Magazine described Quanta Magazine as "highly regarded for its masterful coverage of complex topics in science and math."[2] The science news aggregator RealClearScience ranked Quanta Magazine first on its list of "The Top 10 Websites for Science in 2018."[3] In 2020, the magazine received a National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors for its "willingness to tackle some of the toughest and most difficult topics in science and math in a language that is accessible to the lay reader without condescension or oversimplification."

The articles in the magazine are freely available to read online.[4] Scientific American,[5] Wired,[6] The Atlantic, and The Washington Post, as well as international science publications like Spektrum der Wissenschaft,[7] have reprinted articles from the magazine.


Quanta Magazine was initially launched as Simons Science News[8] in October 2012, but it was renamed to its current title in July 2013.[9] It was founded by the former New York Times journalist Thomas Lin, who is the magazine's editor-in-chief.[10][11] The two deputy editors are John Rennie and Michael Moyer, formerly of Scientific American, and the art director is Samuel Velasco.

In November 2018, MIT Press published two collections of articles from Quanta Magazine, Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire[12] and The Prime Number Conspiracy.[13]

In May 2022 the magazine's staff, notably Natalie Wolchover, were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.[14]


  1. ^ "About Quanta Magazine". Quanta Magazine. Simons Foundation. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ Robin Lloyd (5 April 2017). "Hard-Sciences Magazine Goes to the Next Level". Undark Magazine. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ Ross Pomeroy (2018-12-10). "The Top 10 Websites for Science in 2018". RealClearScience. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  4. ^ Richard Elwes (6 November 2013). "Quanta Magazine". London Mathematical Society. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Stories by Quanta Magazine". Scientific American. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Quanta Magazine". Wired. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Quanta Magazine". Spektrum der Wissenschaft. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  8. ^ Dennis Overbye (6 May 2013). "A Magazine or a Living Fossil?". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  9. ^ Carl Zimmer. "How Things Get Complex: My New Story for Scientific American & Quanta Magazine". National Geographic. Archived from the original on August 26, 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  10. ^ Jonathan Wai (16 June 2014). "Reinventing The Boundaries of Science Journalism". Psychology Today. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  11. ^ Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke (20 May 2016). "Quanta Magazine's Thomas Lin Spends His Days 'Illuminating Science'". Observer. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  12. ^ Thomas Lin, ed. (2018). Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire: The Biggest Ideas in Science from Quanta [sic]. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262536349.
  13. ^ Thomas Lin, ed. (2018). The Prime Number Conspiracy: The Biggest Ideas in Math from Quanta [sic]. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262536356.
  14. ^ "The 2022 Pulitzer Prize Announcement". pulitzer.org.