Tag Archives: Physics

Physics of …

I have a tendency to collect things. All kinds of junk, material or immaterial.

Here is a collection I really like, a short compilation (to be updated frequently and appropriately) regarding the Physics of (something) where (something) can be a rocket, a chocolate or a superhero. Feel free to contribute your input in case not listed; I am sure there is a wealth of such info out there. Do not forget to include your link or source to provide credit (*)

Happy physics discoveries!

(147) Physics of…

You can submit your own “physics of…” links by sending me a note.

(*) Links and articles posted by @wired, @forbes, @PhysicsTweet and @BlackPhysicists are greatly acknowledged

Athens Physics graduates (some stats)

With the upcoming “walk the walk” graduation ceremony approaching fast, I am taking the opportunity as I have already done again last semester to take a quick look on some stats, focusing on the number of years from first enrollment.

The information is clear itself (reminder: the Physics Dept. is a 8-semester long program of study, ie 4 years).

Readers not so familiar with the conditions in the Greek Universities have to consider the frequent interruptions caused by the students in line with the decisions taken in their general assembly. It is beyond the scope of this post to judge those decision. However, this situation has resulted in significant drawback from real class time and consequent delays to students looking forward to graduating on time. Nevertheless, I am quite happy to see 5 students finishing in just over 4 years.

Data have been found in this list of graduates.

A crystal ball for a nuclear alchemist

A week ago I was invited to talk about the International Year of Light (#IYL2015). IYL2015 is luminously celebrated all around the world as directed by the United Nations, and UNESCO in particular. After the Athens Science Festival that I had the honor to be its Physics curator, where IYL2015 was celebrated for the first time in Greece, the “Astropyli” Astronomy Club in Serres decided to dedicate their annual August event to light. I talked about light and its significance from very small to very large dimensions. It was a fantastic night despite the clouds cluttering the sky till early evening. Sky was clear when my talk was over and people rushed to use telescopes and binoculars to observe the moon, the stars and nebulae at an a elevation of 1300 m. Cold it was; Gloriously joyful, too.

Here is the picture of me holding a crystal ball awarded to me at the end of my talk.
Thank you Astropyli! I have already marked my calendar for next year’s event.

Athens Science Fest 2015

Το Athens Science Fest διοργανώνεται φέτος για δεύτερη συνεχόμενη χρονιά στην Τεχνόπολη του Δήμου Αθηναίων στο Γκάζι. Η διοργάνωση του το 2014 ήταν ιδιαίτερα επιτυχημένη και ανέδειξε το Athens Science Fest ως τη μεγαλύτερη εκδήλωση διάδοσης της Επιστήμης στο ευρύτερο κοινό και ιδιαίτερα στις νέες γενιές.

Φέτος, μου έγινε η πρόταση να αναλάβω την επιμέλεια των εκθέσεων και δρώμενων που αφορούν τη Φυσική. Η πρόταση είναι ιδιαίτερα τιμητική για μένα και την αποδέχτηκα με ιδιαίτερη χαρά. Η χρονική συγκυρία είναι ιδιαίτερα ενδιαφέρουσα και αξίζει να αναφερθεί: το 2015 είναι το Διεθνές Έτος Φωτός της Unesco, κάτι το οποίο έχει δώσει έναυσμα για πολλές κι ενδιαφέρουσες σχετικές εκδηλώσεις σε παγκόσμια κλίμακα.

Δική μου φιλοδοξία είναι να ενσωματώσουμε τον εορτασμό του IYL2015 στο Athens Science Fest με πρωτότυπες ιδέες για πειράματα, επιμόρφωση και ψυχαγωγία μέσα από την Επιστήμη.

Σας περιμένουμε λοιπόν όλους στο Φεστιβάλ της Επιστήμης, στις 17-22 Μαρτίου στην Τεχνόπολη!