Most recent highlights from EPN:
An eye-witness report on how the CD came about1
by Jacques Heemskerk
The Compact Disc was a smashing success. It pushed the traditional 45 and 33 RPM vinyl records off the market in an astonishingly short period of time. But the struggle to develop the CD and to get it on the market was just as fascinating.
Physics funding at the German Research Foundation2
by Karin Zach
The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) is the central German organization to support basic research primarily at German universities. An important difference to other national funding organizations is that DFG works as a self-governing organization of German Science in a “response mode” by funding proposals made by scientists, but also contributing strategically to the development of priority areas. In both cases the research objectives are defined from science and within the research system itself. There is no political guidance to fund or to favour special fields of political relevance.
The scientific consensus on climate change – Combating a two-decade campaign attacking3
by John Cook
New research published this year found that among peer-reviewed climate papers stating a position on anthropogenic global warming, over 97% endorsed the scientific consensus that humans were causing climate change. Meanwhile, the public think there is a 50:50 debate among climate scientists. How did this “consensus gap” arise and can it be closed?
How does light move? – Determining the flow of light without destroying interference4
by M.D. Davidović and A.S. Sanz
Young’s two-slit experiment constitutes the paradigm of quantum complementarity. According to the complementarity principle, complementary aspects of quantum systems cannot be measured at the same time by the same experiment. This has been a long debate in quantum mechanics since its inception. But is this a true constraint? In 2011, an astounding realization of this experiment showed that perhaps this is not the case, and the boundaries to our understanding of the quantum world are still far away.
- Jacques Heemskerk. 2013. An eye-witness report on how the CD came about. EPN, Vol. 44, No. 6. DOI: 10.1051/epn/2013601 [↩]
- Karin Zach. 2013. Physics funding at the German Research Foundation. EPN, Vol. 44, No. 6. DOI: 10.1051/epn/2013603 [↩]
- John Cook. 2013. The scientific consensus on climate change – Combating a two-decade campaign attacking. EPN, Vol. 44, No. 6. DOI: 10.1051/epn/2013602 [↩]
- M.D. Davidović and A.S. Sanz. 2013. How does light move? – Determining the flow of light without destroying interference. EPN, Vol. 44, No. 6. DOI: 10.1051/epn/2013604 [↩]