AI Scientist Rediscovers Nobel Prize-Winning Equations and Laws

New AI scientist combines data and theory to find scientific equations

Irving Langmuir, an American chemist, published a paper in 1918 that examined the behavior of gas molecules adhering to a surface. He was guided by his careful experiments and theory that solids provide discrete spaces for gas molecules to occupy.

About a century later, a \”AI scientist\”, developed by IBM Research, Samsung AI and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), has recreated a major part of Langmuir’s Nobel Prize-winning research. The system, an artificial intelligence (AI), acting as a scientist, also rediscovered Kepler’s third law of planet motion. This law can calculate the amount of time required for one space object orbiting another, given the distance between them. It also produced a good estimate of Einstein’s relativistic law of time dilation, which shows time slows down when objects are moving fast.

Nature Communications published a paper on the results on April 12th.


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