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Universality: which types of physics qualify as ‘fundamental’?

On September 12, 2013

What qualifies as “fundamental” physics? The answer might seem straightforward. It is science that investigates the universal properties of nature, like the interactions between quantum fields studied at CERN or the shape of the cosmos observed by astronomers. In the other camp, science that is not fundamental includes things like strength testing of new materials, […]

“What do you do?”

On April 11, 2013

Physics has always been my vocation. Perhaps it’s because my dad is an engineer, so my earliest memories are of soldering irons, microscopes and torque gauges. For whatever reason, I have always cared very deeply about trying to understand how the world works, and have never lost the childish impulse to ask “why” on every […]