Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A condensed matter physicist blog: why not?

I was googling around for something the other day, and came upon physcomments.org, a website that purports to be the home of "scholarly discussions of physics" on the web. Upon going there, I discovered that the definition of physics used there apparently referred only to high energy physics (e.g. string theory, loop quantum gravity, accelerator-based experiments) and astrophysics/cosmology.

I assumed that this was due to intellectual snobbery on the part of that community, and set off to find all the condensed matter / AMO physics blogs out there, only to discover that, as far as I could tell, there aren't any.

So, here we are. I'll try to start one, and we'll see where this goes. I'll try to clearly delineate between science-related posts and other stuff (my comments on the weirdness of junior faculty life, or public science policy, or humor). If there are a bunch of you out there blogging the interesting things in condensed matter, nanoscale science, or AMO physics, please post and let me know, so I can link to your stuff....

Now back to the omnipresent task of proposal-writing....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I did the very same google search and voila - your blog is on the first page. I hope you'll understand my saying this is quite unfortunate, since there is at this moment no content here... Apparently condense matter people have a serious PR problem. At least compared to HEP.

Clemens said...

I second what the other poster just said :)

I guess we condensed matter guys have the disadvantage that we can't explain what we do to the public in words that make it simple for them to understand and at the same time sound cool enough to entice interest.