Points of View
A forum for commentaries, reminiscences, opinions, and other personal essays.
Physics Today's website production assistant recounts his experiences at this year's March meeting of the American Physical Society.
A college professor's courses on rocket science, crazy ideas in science, and steampunk put physics in an engaging, multidisciplinary context.
New fission technologies not only eliminate the concerns about safety and waste that plague today's reactors; they can also consume existing nuclear waste.
Chance encounters in the workplace can lead to serendipitous solutions to shared problems.
A veteran semiconductor engineer enrolled in the UTeach program at the University of Texas at Austin to learn how to teach physics.
Community colleges educate a large fraction of US students. When it comes to teaching physics and other sciences, they deserve more support and respect.
When oppressive regimes set attack helicopters and tanks on their own citizens, human-rights campaigners are watching—from space.
A student-led initiative helps students from underrepresented minorities succeed in a most rewarding yet challenging subject: physics.
Physicists in the US risk being excluded from the world's preeminent accelerator laboratory if the US does not negotiate a new partnership agreement.
A donor explains why he supports a unique institution devoted to the preservation, study, and dissemination of the history of physics and its practitioners.
In excerpts from his new autobiography, Nigel Hey recounts his experiences as a public information officer at a nuclear weapons lab.
Harnessing the energy of nuclear fusion remains a formidable and worthwhile challenge. Meeting it requires nurturing international cooperation and reinvigorating US leadership.
The public believes that science is all about developing technology. What does this mean for science?
A series of Japanese-style comic books aims to teach physics to schoolchildren. Are the books effective?
A retired space physicist has put together an impressive set of online science courses, with the help of friends but little support from NASA and other agencies.
A physicist shares his conviction that scientific and religious views of the world are complementary and compatible.
Teaching science is challenging—which is why it's important to help teachers develop their skills and learn new ones.
A physics professor has found that his students benefit not only from watching instructional videos but also from making videos of their own experiments.
The existing scale for characterizing the severity of nuclear accidents is inadequate, argues David Smythe. It should be replaced, he says, with a scale that is similar in nature to the one used for earthquakes.
A single theory can explain how power-law distributions emerge from such wildly different areas as economy, cultural geography, ecology, linguistics, sociology, and biological chemistry.
A visit to a Houston doughnut store changed the way a physicist picked stocks—with profitable results.
Three magazine professionals explain what authors should and shouldn't do to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with a magazine's editors.
Every year the Society of Physics Students places 10 undergraduates in physics-related internships in the DC region. Here, two of this year's interns describe their first few days in Washington, DC.
If US states that have significant renewable resources are to export their power to more populated states, the US should build a high-voltage direct current grid, says Andy Silber.
Find out how topics are chosen for the American Institute of Physics’s Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science, a program of 90-second news segments that runs on local TV.
Whether you're a veteran or a newcomer to public outreach, and no matter what stage of your career you are in, there are plenty of ways to get involved. In this article, we share some personal experiences and discuss various ways you can make an impact.
Would you consider an elementary school program that is "not challenging enough," in the words of one student, to be a blessing or a bane? We often focus on the kids who can't master the basics in K12 education but what about the smart kids? asks Alex Antunes.
Mika McKinnon describes how she got involved with Stargate Universe, and how to successfully foster a strong relationship between science and entertainment.
Giacinto Scoles talks about how essentially easy, not difficult, it is to change fields, and how the prospect of making the switch generally fills scientists with fear and apprehension.
Neil Calder describes how a scientist's failure to answer a simple question by a journalist, led him into a completely unexpected career direction.
Marshall Thomsen discusses why ethics education for physics students must incorporate established expectations of professional conduct specific to the field.