I did not conceive or give birth to the Hercules Number. But I did name it. Here’s the story. In science and mathematics, we often get to name things. To help with exposition, sometimes we essentially have to name them, because it can help us do a better job of explaining things. In fact, we also enjoy […]
A person named William Kite has been sending us letters—lots of letters— asking that we show more pictures of what he calls “famous physics people”. For the benefit of Mr. Kite (and in truth, merely because of the historical appeal of his name), here are two videos filled with, mostly, moving pictures of famous physicists, […]
This chart compares the personality traits of male and female physicists, all of whom are fictional. It’s part of the study “Portrayal of Physicists in Fictional Works,” Daniel Dotson, Comparative Literature and Culture, Volume 11, Issue 2 (June 2009) Article 5.