Tagged: physics

Science Tank | Schrodinger’s cat & the double slit experiment - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 11, 2018

In 1935, an Austrian physicist named Erwin Schrödinger published his “Schrödinger’s Cat” thought experiment to explain superposition (a quantum mechanics principle stating that something exists in all possible states until it is directly observed or measured, at which point it exists only in one of its possible states). Erwin Schrödinger, staring intently at you. Wikimedia Commons. The thought … Read More

From testosterone to dogs, and physics for babies: five fascinating books in 2017 - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 20, 2017

George Aranda, Deakin University In my mild-mannered persona as an academic in science education, I teach and research ways that science can be better taught in Australia and globally. But every year I also explore the world of science books. I scope what’s new and interesting for my not-for-profit science book blog, and the Big Ideas … Read More

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 12, 2017

Carole Mundell, University of Bath Encountering a black hole would be a frightening prospect for our planet. We know that these cosmic monsters ferociously devour any object that strays too close to their “event horizon” – the last chance of escape. But even though black holes drive some of the most energetic phenomena in the universe, the … Read More

Book review – Science and the City - Scibooks

Guest Work Nov 22, 2017

Reviewed by Susan Rapley.  If you’re hunting for Christmas gifts for the scientific or technically inclined, Laurie Winkless’ first book Science and the City will be a must-have. Science and the City takes you on a journey (in various forms of transport) through the past, present, and future of metropolitan living.  Now New Zealand-based, Winkless has taken her own … Read More

Rockstar physicist Brian Cox coming to New Zealand - News

John Kerr Jul 31, 2017

Professor Brian Cox, one of the world’s most famous physicists and science communicators, is coming to New Zealand with a blockbuster live show.  The softly-spoken British scientist is bringing his record breaking live science show to New Zealand in November, for the first time. It will play at the ASB Theatre in Auckland on Tuesday 7 November. Lateral Events, the … Read More

Astigmatism and Amazing lenses - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jul 25, 2017

There is no denying it. I am middle-aged. The latest evidence is the progressive-lens glasses. I had tried to put off getting these for as long as possible (warning to you younger readers — they are not cheap!) but it was just getting too difficult without them. We pretty-well take for granted good vision, but most of us can only enjoy … Read More

Sycamore seeds and wind turbines - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jul 18, 2017

At the recent NZ Institute of Physics conference in Dunedin we heard about a wide range of different physics topics -measuring electrical forces; atomic frequency combs; why a highly gendered physics class is not a good thing and measuring forces with your phone. One very simple but thought-provoking presentation was by Tim Molteno — on sycamore seeds and their properties … Read More

Considering the Character of Galaxies - A History of NZ Science in 25 Objects

Jean Balchin Jul 04, 2017

One day, when I was seven years old, I decided to camp out in the treehouse with my brother John. It was a poorly planned venture from the start; we misjudged the cold, the ferocity of the mosquitoes and our own temperaments. John got spooked looking at the gnarled bark of the tree, reading faces … Read More

Improving gender balance in physics - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Apr 07, 2017

The Institute of Physics has just released a report on recent interventions designed to improve the uptake of physics at ‘A’-level by girls*. Although there have been considerable efforts in the UK to improve the gender balance over two decades, there has not been any substantial change – about 20% of a typical A-level physics class is … Read More