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Materials science on NOVA

Posted by Melissa on January 18, 2011

As I’ve noted before, condensed matter physics, despite being the largest subfield of physics, is often overlooked by the general public. Disproportionately, physics coverage in the popular media focuses on astrophysics and high energy physics. Thus, I was excited to hear about the NOVA series, Making Stuff, that begins tomorrow. Although not condensed matter physics per se, this program about materials science (supported in part by the Materials Research Society) might introduce people to the idea that physicists can work on interesting problems other than unraveling string theory or chasing subatomic particles. At least, that’s my hope.


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