Knowing the Universe in Human Terms

In seeking to understand natural phenomena as simply as possible, physicists have made a remarkable discovery: whatever questions they ask, the answers ultimately involve the same elegant principles of energy and momentum, mass and charge. Physicists seek and study rhythms and patterns among natural phenomena, including those that are readily apparent (like the orbits of planets) and those that are apparent only to deep analysis and careful observation (like the quantum transitions of atoms). Abetted by the power of mathematics, they ultimately comprehend and express the fundamental regularities of the physical universe in uniquely human metaphors. In this way, the universe comes to know itself in human terms.

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Wooster Physics NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Department Newsletter

The 2016-2017 Department Newsletter (.pdf) is now available.

Physics STudents Design and Construct a Novel Type of Wind-Powered Mechanical Clock

One NSF grant, two Independent Study projects, and five years of intermittent research lead to significant publication.

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