Congratulations to Peter Bonventre

If you scroll way down the list of this year’s Goldwater Scholarship winners, you’ll find: Peter John Bonventre Institution: Union College Major(s): Physics/Mathematics Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics or Physics. Conduct research and teach at the university level. Pete’s one of our junior physics majors. He’s done summer work on both nuclear physics and condensed […]

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog: Obsessive Update and Upcoming Events

A flurry of things to kick off the new academic term. Reviews and news: A nice write-up on Wired’s GeekDad blog by Kathy Ceceri, about last week’s homeschool event. Includes a picture of me giving a tour of my lab. ZapperZ says that I’m not teaching physics, I’m teaching about physics. Which is probably fair, […]

Spring Term Hat Blogging

It’s grey and dreary here, with an expected high temperature around 50F. That can only mean one thing: Spring has arrived in New England! (You can distinguish spring from winter by the daytime high temperatures– they’re both grey and dreary, but winter is grey, dreary, and cold…) Spring means mud, yard work, and a new […]

Science Fiction Disappoints Me

Spending less time reading blogs means that I have more time to spend reading fiction. Unfortunately, the fiction I’ve been reading has been letting me down. In particular, I’m very disappointed in the last two books I’ve (mostly) read. For one of the books, N. K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (sample chapter),mit’s not entirely […]

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog: Obsessive Update

Been a little while since I’ve done an Obsessive Update, but a few noteworthy things have come up recently: A very nice review at Pet Connection: “this brilliant and (relatively) simple book explains the basic premises of quantum physics in terms that dogs and most English majors can understand.” Which is not to say that […]