Generations: The Story of Women in Neutrino Research (Women in Science 78).

The most powerful force in the study of physics is not gravity or electromagnetism. It is not love, or courage. It is accounting. “But that doesn’t quite add up” has produced heartache and exhilaration in equal measure, and the tantalization created by blank space in the universe’s checkbook has pushed …

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Gone, Fission: How Lise Meitner was Written Out of the Nuclear Age. (Women in Science 75!)

To fully appreciate Lise Meitner, you have to first forget everything you learned about the atom in high school.  Forget that the nucleus is made up of neutral particles called neutrons and positive particles called protons.  Forget about how electrons live in statistically determined probability clouds outside the nucleus.  Forget …


Erasing Mileva Marić-Einstein, The Woman Behind Einstein’s Math. (Women in Science 72)

Content Note: By the end of this article, you are not going to like Albert Einstein much.  If this is a problem for you, if part of your sense of the grandeur of humanity is wrapped up in the sympathetic image of Einstein’s personality and genius, then you might want …


Wither: The Many Triumphs and Long Fall of Nuclear Physicist Harriet Brooks. (Women in Science 71)

Reading the life of Harriet Brooks is like watching the gradual, inevitable unfolding of a horror movie.  There’s that same idyllic, promising beginning that suddenly gives way as the heroine puts her hand on the basement door of Ancient Contained Horrors and, no matter how much you shout or plead, …

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Food Friday: Quarks Explained With Candy

It’s got everything! Chocolate, science, and destruction.  What more could you want?  Sorry Neil Degrasse Tyson, you have stiff competition for my affections from the Physics Girl .  Thanks Quickies! Seriously, watch it. You might learn something or get hungry.  Either way its a win.  And check out the blog entry for more …


New Paper Doll! Flat Matt

Our fabulous collection of scientist paper dolls has a new addition: physicist Matt Lowry! Matt teaches high school and college physics, spreading SCIENCE! throughout the land and fomenting awesomeness in our future. A self-described skeptic, he believes in Carl Sagan’s adage that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” He describes his teaching-by-example style …

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Owner of a Lonely Quark: The High Temperature Quantum Chromodynamics of Ágnes Mócsy (Women in Science 68)

When planning a trip to the universe’s first millionth of a second of existence, there are really only two things the canny traveler needs to keep in mind: (1) Don’t pack woolens. At 4 000 000 000 000 degrees Celsius, or some three hundred thousand times hotter than the center …


She Sang the Arc Electric: Hertha Marks Ayrton (Women in Science 65).

Sometimes, simplicity dooms.  In World War I, chlorine gas rained down upon the British soldiers blearing through their semi-lives in the trenches, killing thousands outright and leaving tens of thousands with permanent neurological damage.  The solution to this tragedy was simplicity itself, an elegant fan designed by a female physicist that, when …