Physics News

Nobel Prize in Physics 2019

By Alison Verbeck on October 9, 2019

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded on October 9 “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos” with one half to James Peebles, Princeton University, “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology,̶...

SciMeter

By Alison Verbeck on May 31, 2019

SciMeter.org offers a simple way to calculate what quantifies as good physics research. Evaluating scientific work requires in-depth studies of research publications. In practice, quick, quantitative comparisons must be made, especially by thosewho serve on committees or who must document the per...

The Physics Classroom: Physics Interactives

By Alison Verbeck on March 8, 2019

Introductory physics students and teachers may appreciate this extensive collection of Physics Interactives available on the well-known website The Physics Classroom. This resource features well over fifty interactive simulations, exercises, and games to help users explore and understand differen...

AIP receives $650,000 Grant to Digitize Rare Books

By Alison Verbeck on December 7, 2018

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has received a three-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make a unique collection of rare books in the physical sciences universally accessible. The grant will enable AIP’s Niels Bohr Library & Archives to provide global, digital access to...

Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

By Alison Verbeck on October 2, 2018

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded on October 2 “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics” with one half to Arthur Ashkin, Bell Laboratories, “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems” and the other half jointly to Gérard Mourou, École Polyt...

New Metrics Rank Physicists and Their Work

By Alison Verbeck on June 28, 2018

Two CERN theoretical physicists have taken a page out of Google’s playbook in an attempt to better measure the impact of scientists and their published research. In a recent study published on arXiv, new metrics have been proposed that use principles of Google’s PageRank algorithm, which determin...

Stephen Hawking’s Multiverse

By Alison Verbeck on May 30, 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking’s final research paper was submitted to the Journal of High-Energy Physics ten days before he died on March 14, 2018.  In the paper, “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?“, Hawking and his co-author Thomas Hertog present a new multiverse theory with th...

Nobel Prize in Physics 2017

By Alison Verbeck on October 3, 2017

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was awarded on October 3 with one half to Rainer Weiss LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration and the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational wave...

arXiv Poll

By Alison Verbeck on September 7, 2017

The arXiv team is working on extracting and presenting article references on the abstract page. They would like to know how you’d like them to be presented to you. You can express your preference by taking a very short survey: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCmPDAqvlgadsln. The s...