The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016

By press release. Published on 20 October 2016 in:
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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 with one half to David J. Thouless (University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA) and the other half to F. Duncan M. Haldane (Princeton University, NJ, USA) and J. Michael Kosterlitz (Brown University, Providence, RI, USA)

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Editorial – the impact of BREXIT on physics from a UK perspective

By France Saunders. Published on 27 September 2016 in:
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On the evening of the 23 June 2016, I was at an Awards Dinner for the Royal Academy of Engineering, which is held each year to recognise excellence in engineering of all varieties. Talking to colleagues around the table that night, the majority were sure that the UK electorate would vote to remain in the EU. Although only one person I talked to admitted to having voted to leave, I was not convinced that this was going to be such an easy victory for the Remain Campaign. I had been worried for some time that many people from “my generation”, who had voted to join the European Community in the last referendum in 1975, were coming out in force to reverse that decision.

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Light for the 2014 Nobel Prizes in Physics and in Chemistry

By Luc Bergé. Published on 24 October 2014 in:
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The Nobel Committee has awarded this year two practical inventions, the blue Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and the super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Those are revolutionary and both use light to overcome technological barriers.
The 2014 Physics Nobel Prize goes to Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano from Japan, and to Shuji Nakamura from USA, “for the invention of efficient blue light emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. In the past producing bright visible light was routinely done by using semi-conductor diodes, to make…

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Cedric Linder wins the 2014 ICPE Medal for Physics Education

By Robert Lambourne. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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The International Commission on Physics Education [ICPE] is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 ICPE Medal for outstanding contributions to physics education is Professor Cedric Linder of Uppsala University, Sweden.

The award recognizes Professor Linder’s outstanding contributions to physics education research. His work has been notable for its range, depth and impact, as well for its international scope. Educated at universities in South Africa, the USA and Canada, Cedric Linder, in 1996, was awarded the first personal Chair in Physics Education in South Africa …

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SPIG 2014

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 28 April 2014 in:
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The 27th Summer School and International Symposium on the Physics of Ionized Gases [SPIG 2014] will take place from 26-29 August 2014 in Beograd, Serbia.

SPIG 2014 is part of a series of events that began 50 years ago as an international conference in the fields of atomic collision processes, particle and laser beam interactions with solids, low temperature and general plasmas. It has become rare that such a wide range of topics is covered at a single conference. As these fields often overlap…

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Featured in EPN

By EPN. Published on 27 February 2014 in:
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Most recent highlights from EPN…
- ‘In free fall’ by Herman C.W. Beijerinck
- 100 years of semiconductor science – The Ukrainian contribution by V.G. Lytovchenko and M.V. Strikha
- Confined to grow? – Publication dynamics and the proliferation of scientific journals by Istvan Daruka
- The atmospheres of extrasolar planets by Thérèse Encrenaz
- Chernobyl’s Legacy: Black Prophecies’ Bubble by Yehoshua Socol…

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Editorial — Educating Upwards

By John Dudley. Published on 20 December 2013 in:
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I think that most of us would agree that physics research is poorly understood by politicians, and that we need to explain better what it is we do, and why. But while there may be consensus on the need for better communication, there is no universal agreement on how this should be achieved. And I have also heard frequently the same complaint that no matter how much effort we make, it seems to make no difference. There is little evidence that physics is actually appreciated at the political level.
I believe that the reason for this is simple. Namely, that we are not talking to the right people in the right way…

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Editorial – Forward Physics!

By John Dudley. Published on 25 October 2013 in:
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I had the tremendous pleasure of watching the Nobel Prize announcement on October 8 during the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft’s Live from Stockholm event held at the Magnus-Haus in Berlin. The assembly of high-level scientists and journalists made for a stimulating mix, and the delay prior to the announcement provided much opportunity for speculation and animated discussion!Of course, when it eventually was made, the announcement of the award to François Englert and Peter Higgs was met with tremendous pleasure. More details and background to this years’s Nobel Prize is given in another entry of this edition of e-EPS…

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Featured in EPN

By EPN. Published on 25 October 2013 in:
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Most recent highlights from EPN:

A Tribute to Jean Perrin by Henk Kubbinga
Can comments cause citations? Yes, they can! by Michael Schreiber
A look inside white OLEDs by Peter Bobbert and Reinder Coehoorn.
On inverse problemes in physics by Georges Jobert.

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By Jorge Rivero González. Published on 25 October 2013 in:
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The GIREP-MPTL International conference on Teaching/Learning Physics: Integrating Research into Practice [GIREP-MPTL 2014] will be held from 7 to 12 July 2014 at University of Palermo, Italy.

The purpose of the GIREP-MPTL 2014 is to bring together people working in physics education research and in physics education at schools from all over the world to allow them to share research results and exchange their experience.

The conference organisers are the Groupe International de Recherche sur l’Enseignement de la Physique [GIREP]…

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Editorial – Physics for Fun

By John Dudley. Published on 21 August 2013 in:
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For many who measure time according to a university calendar, summer is a time to unwind. My experience, however, is that it is rare to find physics departments empty over the summer break. Many of us use the vacation period without classes to catch up with research, and I imagine that a colleague of mine speaks for many when he says that summer provides him with the freedom to do the physics he wants to do, and this is all the break needed to prepare for the next academic year!
This reminds me a little of the Wobbling Plate story in “Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman”? When Richard Feynman…

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Physics: transforming lives

By Colin Latimer. Published on 26 July 2013 in:
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The Institute of Physics [IoP], in partnership with the UK Engineering and Physical Research Council and the Science and Technology Facilities Council, have published a booklet containing a selection of case studies demonstrating the economic value of research in physics and how it leads to a beneficial impact on our daily lives. It is available on the IoP website.

Although the majority of the topics, facts and figures are understandably biased towards the UK, this collection…

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