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Happy Birthday, John Sealy Townsend

June 7, 2021

From fluorescent light bulbs and Geiger counters to plasma televisions and semiconductor manufacturing, Townsend discharge has many important applications. Who discovered this phenomenon?

Why Do Pigeons Have Iridescent Feathers?

March 30, 2021

If you look at a pigeon a certain way, the feathers around their necks shine in bright hues of emerald and amethyst. As it turns out, a prehistoric animal exhibited a similar trait…

Happy Birthday, Joseph Fourier

March 21, 2021

From heat conduction and the Fourier series to the greenhouse effect and Fourier transform, Joseph Fourier’s research has many implications in the modern world.

Happy Birthday, Claude-Louis Navier

February 10, 2021

When you hear the name Navier, you probably think of fluid flow or the Navier–Stokes equations. But did you know that Claude-Louis Navier worked as a bridge designer and civil engineer?

Happy Birthday, Friedrich Paschen

January 22, 2021

Friedrich Paschen dedicated his life to experimentation. Today, we use Paschen’s law to understand how electric current flows through gas.

2020 Isaac Newton Medal and Prize Awarded to Nader Engheta

December 16, 2020

Get an overview of the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize — and the optical physicist who won this year.

5 W’s for 200 Years of Electromagnetism

December 11, 2020

Fun fact: Hans Christian Ørsted originally studied pharmacology and philosophy before he went on to discover the connection between electricity and magnetism.

Modeling Droplet Flow in an Open Space with COMSOL Multiphysics®

November 23, 2020

If you are jogging six feet apart from someone else, should you both be wearing masks? Simulation was used to analyze the motion of particles between two runners in an open space to find answers.

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