Happy Birthday, Max Planck

Emily Ediger April 23, 2019

When Max Planck was young, a teacher told him that there was nothing left to discover in the world of physics. Fortunately for us, and the field of quantum mechanics, Planck had other plans…

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Emily Ediger April 9, 2019

Today’s engineering students benefit from Steinmetz’s work on alternating currents and magnetism. How much do you know about the man behind the law of hysteresis?

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Brianne Christopher March 29, 2019

What inspires you about Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck, the 2019 Abel Prize Laureate and first woman to win the award? Learn about her career and research as well as the history of the Abel Prize.

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Emily Ediger March 23, 2019

During a time when women were not welcome in STEM fields, Emmy Noether made many significant contributions to modern mathematics, including abstract algebra and an invariant theorem.

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Brianne Christopher March 12, 2019

This chemist went from studying at the Royal College of Chemistry and researching malaria treatment to synthesizing the first synthetic dye and running a dye shop and manufacturing plant…

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Thomas Forrister March 6, 2019

What moves must eventually stop. Unlike mechanical brakes, eddy current braking systems prevent damage when braking at high speeds. Hop on and learn more about eddy currents in this blog post.

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Emily Ediger February 25, 2019

Ida Noddack was one of the “element hunters” trying to fill the gaps in Dmitri Mendeleev’s periodic table. In the process, she codiscovered rhenium, but that’s not all she’s known for…

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Thomas Forrister February 18, 2019

Mach bands, Mach numbers, Mach’s principle: Ernst Mach is an accomplished physicist of many namesake discoveries and contributions to science.

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Emily Ediger February 8, 2019

2019 marks the 150-year anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev’s discovery of the periodic table of chemical elements. Learn more about the Russian chemist behind one of science’s most useful tools.

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Emily Ediger January 24, 2019

Berta Karlik helped discover the naturally occurring version of element 85, astatine. She was also the first woman to teach at the University of Vienna.

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Brianne Christopher January 8, 2019

We reflect on Stephen Hawking’s life as well as his contributions to cosmology, including A Brief History of Time, black holes, zero-gravity flight, and beyond.

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