Fundamentals of Science
We study the largest numbers, the smallest particles, the youngest planets and the oldest galaxies.
Leiden University has a centuries-old tradition in cutting edge research in mathematics and the physical sciences. Our astronomers, mathematicians, chemists and physicists study the largest numbers, the smallest particles, the youngest planets and the oldest galaxies. They do this out of a fundamental fascination with the unknown. But at the same time their fundamental and sometimes extremely technical work lays the foundation which underlies research into complex macro-systems, be it datasets or biological pathways.
Black hole fed by cold intergalactic deluge
An international team of astronomers has witnessed a cosmic weather event that has never been seen before.
Second layer of information in DNA confirmed
Leiden theoretical physicists have proven that not only the genetic information in DNA determines who we are, but also DNA’s mechanics. Helmut Schiess...
Understanding hydrogen electrocatalysis
Electrocatalysis will play an increasingly important role in future in the transition to more sustainable energy. Thanks to chemist Isis Ledezma Yanez...
Surface Plasmons Measured for Faster Internet
Leiden physicists use a new method to measure so-called surface plasmons. Researching these particles could lead to new light-based technology, includ...
Why fundamental science matters
Why do we need fundamental science? For a lot of reasons, speakers showed at the Lustrum Symposium ‘Science Matters’. This symposium was held on 18 Ma...
Ewine van Dishoeck shows us new worlds in Dies lecture
Her specialist field is molecular astrophysics, and she is the most quoted scholar in her field. In this, the year of astronomy, she is the ideal per...