SITE VISIT: Physics Connection

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Science  26 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5406, pp. 1223
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5406.1223a

If space is expanding, why is it still 5000 kilometers from New York to San Francisco? The answer to this and other physics questions can be found at, a Web site for researchers, students, teachers, and people simply curious about physics.

As its creator, University of Southern California grad student Anton Skorucak, puts it, the site aspires to be “the ultimate physics resource on the Web.” Commercially sponsored but mostly free, it includes an Ask Experts feature, essays on science's relevance to art and society, and links to the history of physics and picture galleries. Want to learn about the design of amusement park rides? Find out in Physics Fun, which also offers a plethora of jokes and cartoons.

Researchers may prefer Science Reference, where a few clicks bring up the periodic table, fundamental physical constants, conversion units, and other handy information. There are links to journals, databases of research papers, and physics societies around the world. Monthly software reviews cover everything from data analysis software to an educational program that simulates the trajectories of particles in a particle chamber.

Prospective grad students might find useful the Graduate Advisor section, with info about the GRE tests, grad programs in specific fields, and funding sources. After graduation, they can check out a listing of physics jobs.

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