Monthly Archives: February 2015

A smile from space

“You can make out two orange eyes and a white button nose. In the case of this “happy face”, the two eyes are the galaxies SDSSCGB 8842.3 and SDSSCGB 8842.4.” From the ESA website for the Hubble space telescope. The … Continue reading

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Guest post: Using fiction to explore realities for women in STEM

Originally posted on Tenure, She Wrote:
Today’s guest post is by blogger T.K. Flor, who has a PhD in physics. Ten years ago, Lawrence H. Summers, then president of Harvard University, sparked a controversy by attributing some of the under-representation…

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National Libraries Day in the UK

“Suppose we change the subject?” retorted the Cat, waving a paw at the surroundings. “What do you think of the library?” “It’s pretty big,” I murmured, looking all around me. “Two hundred miles in every direction,” said the cat offhandedly … Continue reading

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Emmy Noether: the mathematician who discovered the connection between Symmetry and Conservation Laws

“It is only slightly overstating the case to say that physics is the study of symmetry.” P.W. Anderson (Nobel Prize in Physics 1977)“More is Different“, Science, 177, 4047 (1972). By symmetry, Anderson writes, “we mean the existence of different viewpoints … Continue reading

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