Even though we won't welcome visitors to Physics Department this year, we are ready
to celebrate Art of Physics with virtually anyone! We have so much to share! Most of the
activities are recorded, so you can enjoy them any time anywhere, but we are also planning
some real-time interactions.
Physics Demo show
excitement for all ages. Who knew physics may be so much fun!
Welcome to our Show!
Public lecture inspired by Nobel Prize in Physics'2020
Saturday, October 17 at 2pm (EDT)
Prof. Marc Sher talked about
the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics:
"Nobel Prize: the prediction and the discovery of the black holes"
You can now see
the recording of the lecture and the following Q&A session.
Virtual Meet and Greet with Physics People
Saturday, October 17 at 2.30-4pm (EDT)
the Nobel lecure we will hold a zoom reception for Physics alums, friends and anyone
who wants to meet physics students and professors.
Become a Quantum Artist
Saturday, October 24 at 2-2.45pm (EDT)
Do you know how to draw a Schrodinger cat? Our students do!
Join them for an art lesson to learn to make a portrait of this most famous
feline and to ask any questions about Shrodinger cats, quantum mechanics and physics in general!
See the lesson recording
Browse our Quantum Cats gallery - and email your creations to be featured!
"Art and Physics Fusion" by Dr. Stephanie Bailey
Saturday, October 24 at 2.45-4pm (EDT)
Prof. Stephanie Bailey (Chapman University)
talked about the intimate connection between Arts and Physics.
See the recording of the lecture
For those of us who are neither physicists nor artists, it’s easy to think that
there is no Venn-diagram overlap between physics and art.
But the work of Professor Stephanie Bailey aims to remind us that there are ways
to build bridges between the two. To quote Dannie Dinh, the Special Assistant '
to the director of International Research Institute for Climate and Society,
"Visual art has the power to spark conversations, to envision ideas and concepts,
to make the intangible tangible, to inject the issues into our mainstream culture.
The science community is trained to find answers and solutions in numbers and figures,
but it also faces the challenging task of communicating and relaying scientific findings
to policy makers, stakeholders, voters and other nonscientific communities who can
pursue policies and actions based on the information." Professor Bailey will discuss
the importance of integrating art into the science curriculum and share her recent work,
including a) a
recently published book to make introductory physics more accessible and
to increase interest in the subject by incorporating art-based teaching at the undergraduate
level, b) a
service-learning project in which students were tasked with designing and
building musical instruments to donate to a K-6 school in Southern Leyte, Philippines,
collaboration between local artists and physics graduate students to inspire
exciting art based on scientific ideas that resulted in a month-long gallery exhibit,
d) a project in which students were challenged to turn a room into a camera obscura,
e) a project in which
students carved vegetables into playable musical instruments,
and f) an
art installation that highlights the ubiquity of motors.
Our Physics in Art gallery
We have paired famous works of art
with the physics experiments, please come and explore!
have assembled a whole collection of demonstrations and activities
While some of them require special equipment, many you can safely try at home (with parental supervision for younger physicists).
Enter the Physics Art Gallery
Or maybe you prefer to enjoy the masterpieces of the Universe (cortesy of WM Astronomy club).
Enter the Cosmic Art Gallery
Take our Physics Personality Quiz
What physicist are you? No formulae involved! Take our quick artistic quiz to find out!
Take a Quiz
Disclamer: Nobel prize is not guaranteed!
Virtual research tour
Please knock on doors of
Physics profs and let them tell you about their research!
Enter Virtual Small Hall
Physics at home activities
Physics has no boundaries, so
please keep exploring and enjoying with these materials! Think of it as a PhysicsFest homework (just kidding!)
Enjoy these Physics-related coloring pages
Check out these
great science books in our local libraries
And for our visitors with some physics background: take a stroll in the land of
turbulence with Prof. Saskia Mordijck.
Please send all
questions, requests and suggestions to
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