Thursday, March 02, 2006

Physics Web Summeries

Physics World

The challenges of fusion (Mar 1)

The new boss of the world's biggest fusion experiment cannot afford to fail

From stars to celebrities (Mar 1)

The closure of the London Planetarium is eclipsed by good news elsewhere in the city

F = ma (Mar 1)

What would happen if we rewound the tape and let science develop again from scratch? Robert P Crease looks at some results of this thought experiment

The threat from above (Mar 1)

Astronomers believe that more must be done to track and possibly intercept potentially dangerous asteroids and comets, as Edwin Cartlidge explains

Thomas Young: Physicist, physician and polymath (Mar 1)

A brilliant and visionary thinker, Thomas Young's mastery stretched from physics and physiology to Egyptian hieroglyphs. But as Andrew Robinson explains, Young's ideas were so far ahead of his time that many lay forgotten for decades

Physics for fairer voting (Mar 1)

Distributing votes fairly between European countries has been a major obstacle on the path to a European Constitution. Karol Życzkowski, Wojciech Słomczyński and Tomasz Zastawniak describe how physicists are helping politicians get round it

Fusion: the way ahead (Mar 1)

The recent decision to build the world's largest fusion experiment - ITER - in France has thrown down the gauntlet to fusion researchers worldwide. Richard Pitts, Richard Buttery and Simon Pinches describe how the Joint European Torus in the UK is playing a key role in ensuring ITER will demonstrate the reality of fusion power



The quest for brightness (Mar 1)

Beam: The Race to Make the Laser Jeff Hecht 2005 Oxford University Press 284pp £17.99/$29.95hb

Shelf life: Michael Duff (Mar 1)

Michael Duff is the first Abdus Salam professor of theoretical physics at Imperial College, London

Magnets through the ages (Mar 1)

From Lodestone to Supermagnets: Understanding Magnetic Phenomena Alberto P Guimarães 2005 Wiley-VCH 236pp £17.99/$27.95hb

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