The Case for Studying Physics in a Charming Animated Video

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Xiangjun Shi, otherwise known as Shixie, studied animation at RISD and physics at Brown. Then, she harnessed her training in both disciplines to create an animation explaining the virtue of studying physics.

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Richard Feynman Gets Jazzed Explaining How Rubber Bands Work

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Back in 1983, the BBC aired Fun to Imagine, a television series hosted by Richard Feynman that used physics to explain how the everyday world works.

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Bohemian Gravity: String Theory Explored With an A Cappella Version of Bohemian Rhapsody

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This past spring, Timothy Blais wrote his masters thesis at McGill University in Montreal. Titled “A new quantization condition for parity-violating three-dimensional gravity,” the thesis clocks in at 74 pages and gets into some serious physics.

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The Famous Feynman Lectures on Physics: The New Online Edition (in HTML5)

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Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website have joined forces to create an online edition of Richard Feynman’s famous lectures on physics.

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An Animated History of Physics Introduces the Discoveries of Galileo, Newton, Maxwell & Einstein

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How can you present scientific ideas to an audience of all ages — scientists and non-scientists alike — so that these ideas will stick in people’s minds? Since 2012, BBC Two has been trying to answer this question with its series “Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club.

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Richard Feynman’s Letter to His Departed Wife: “You, Dead, Are So Much Better Than Anyone Else Alive” (1946)

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In June 1945, the 27-year-old physicist Richard Feynman lost his wife, Arline Feynman, to tuberculosis. Only 25 years old, she was Richard’s high-school sweetheart. And yet she was much more. As Lawrence Krauss writes in 2012 biography on Feynman:
Richard and Arline were soul mates.

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Watch Pitch Tar Finally Drip in One of World’s Oldest, Slowest-Moving Experiments

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Let’s take a little break from our fast-moving world and watch one of the world’s oldest and slowest-moving experiments in action. Begun in October 1944 at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Physics, the Tar Drop experiment has attempted to measure the viscosity of pitch tar, a polymer that seems solid at room temperature.

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Free Comic Books Turns Kids Onto Physics: Start With the Adventures of Nikola Tesla

≡ Category: Comics/Cartoons, K-12, Physics |1 Comment

PhysicsCentral, a web site run by The American Physical Society (an organization representing 48,000 physicists), has created a series of comic books designed to get kids excited about physics. If you click here, you can enjoy Nikola Tesla and the Electric Fair for free online.

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The Musical Mind of Albert Einstein: Great Physicist, Amateur Violinist and Devotee of Mozart

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At the height of Albert Einstein’s popularity, the public knew him not only as the world’s foremost theoretical physicist, but also as an enthusiastic sometime violinist.

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The Faces of Great Physicists on International Currency

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Americans sometimes complain that, unlike the currency of many other countries, which feature portraits of artists, scientists, and writers, U.S. dollar bills don’t tend to feature intellectuals.

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