In 2005, physicists, students, and physics buffs worldwide celebrated the 100th anniversary of Einstein's Miracle Year.
In 2010, we reveled in the technical wonders that the laser brought us over the last 50 years.
It may seem a little early to think about it, but we need to start planning for the international physics event we'll be holding in 2015.
Some possible reasons to party come to mind pretty quick:
- X-rays were discovered in 1895, so 2015 will mark the 125'th anniversary of Rontgen's creepy photo of his wife's hand bones.
- Balmer came up with a proto-quantum explanation for the hydrogen spectrum, also in 1895
- In 1965 Penzias and Wilson discovered the Cosmic Microwave Background
- Maxwell showed how electromagnetic theory could explain light in 1864, but that would be odd to celebrate in 2015 (we could move things up to 2014, I guess)
There must be other reasons to celebrate of physics in 2015, or thereabouts. Let us know if you have a preference, or even better a whole new idea, and post it in the comments below. If you make a convincing argument for something really great, we'll give you a prize. (What that prize might be, we don't yet know. But you like surprises, right?).