Skip to main content

What the Well-Rounded Physicist is Reading


Most scientists these days specialize in narrow parts of their field. Physicists in particular often have a great depth of knowledge, and very little breadth. String theorists have no idea what nuclear experimentalists are up to, plasma physicists are out of the loop in acoustic physics, etc.

The problem, as I see it, is science is just really hard. Almost no one has time to become an expert in more than one field.

The editors of the journal Physical Review Letters are hoping to make it easier for physicists, and anyone else who is interested, to stay up to date on a range of subjects. They're selecting a handful of papers each week that they identify as suggested reading.

And to make things easier still, I've built a Yahoo Widget that lists the five most recent suggested papers on your desktop. Just click the image at the top of this story to download the widget.>

If you never used on of these things, you will have to download the Yahoo Widget 4 engine first.

While you're at the Yahoo site, check out the thousands of other cool widgets they have as well. My favorites at the moment are the binary clock, the battery monitor, and the phases of the moon widget.



Comments

Popular Posts

How 4,000 Physicists Gave a Vegas Casino its Worst Week Ever

What happens when several thousand distinguished physicists, researchers, and students descend on the nation’s gambling capital for a conference? The answer is "a bad week for the casino"—but you'd never guess why.

Ask a Physicist: Phone Flash Sharpie Shock!

Lexie and Xavier, from Orlando, FL want to know:
"What's going on in this video? Our science teacher claims that the pain comes from a small electrical shock, but we believe that this is due to the absorption of light. Please help us resolve this dispute!"

The Science of Ice Cream: Part One

Even though it's been a warm couple of months already, it's officially summer. A delicious, science-filled way to beat the heat? Making homemade ice cream.

(We've since updated this article to include the science behind vegan ice cream. To learn more about ice cream science, check out The Science of Ice Cream, Redux)

Over at Physics@Home there's an easy recipe for homemade ice cream. But what kind of milk should you use to make ice cream? And do you really need to chill the ice cream base before making it? Why do ice cream recipes always call for salt on ice?