BLOGS: A Year in a Physicist's Life

Science  28 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5709, pp. 491e
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5709.491e

Einstein's unkempt appearance was likely essential to his adoption as a pop icon, argues David Waller of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in Canada, who suggests that physicists commemorate Einstein by growing big hair. Directing a beam of protons to a detector 1000 meters away reminds Debbie Harris of Fermilab in Illinois of giving birth, because both processes have to occur in stages. These are highlights from Quantum Diaries, a new project sponsored by a coalition of particle physics labs to commemorate 2005's World Year of Physics. More than 20 physicists from around the world will chronicle their opinions, interests, successes, and failures over the next 12 months with regular dispatches, video clips, and photos. So far, participants have weighed in on everything from how they got started in the field to the connection between physics and jazz.

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