Issue: Fall 2012
|Strange New Worlds|
|38|| At some points in your life, you may have looked up at the stars and wondered: is there anyone out there on some distant planet, looking back at me? This universal curiosity helps to explain why the field of exoplanetary science -- the study of planets outside of the solar system -- has attracted so much attention.
BY JOSHUA WINN
|Life in Translation|
|46||What makes physics physics? More precisely, which kinds of scientific questions are physical ones, and which kinds are not? Already, the reader may suspect a trick; after all, aren't physicists the ones endlessly touting their 'theories of everything' and 'universal' laws? What sort of phenomenon could possibly lie beyond the scope of everything in the universe?
BY JEREMY L. ENGLAND
|Advancing Diversity and Excellence in Physics|
|54||Diversity without excellence is destitute, excellence without diversity is an orphan.
BY ED BERTSCHINGER