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Issue 6, Volume 1
Summer 2008

Physics for Future Presidents, the Book, Now Available – and Just in Time for the Election!

Distinguished Professor and MacArthur Fellow, Rich Muller, brings the science behind the headlines to the fore in this accessible and fascinating book for the general public. He tackles global warming, nuclear power, dirty bombs, energy and space, and reminds us that informed decisions are the best kind – especially if you’re President of the United States read more.

A Scale Sensitive Enough to Measure the Mass of a Single Atom of Gold

Alex Zettl, Director of the Center of Integrated Mechanical Systems (COINS) and his research group, have done it again with nanotubes! This time, they’ve managed to measure the mass of a single atom. read more at

The Physics of Baseball

In case you missed our first annual Physics of Baseball event, here are a few shots of the lecture by Professor Bob Jacobsen, the 100 mph fastballs thrown by members of the Cal baseball team, kids testing some physical laws and alumni having a great time. Look for the Second Annual Physics of Baseball event in Spring 2009! Click here for the slideshow.

Dark Energy Explained on KQED’s Quest Program

Professor Saul Perlmutter and his graduate student Hannah Swift were recently interviewed on KQED’s televised Quest program. Click here to learn more about that elusive force – Dark Energy – and hear from our experts trying to understand it and its role in an expanding universe. Click here to view the program:

The Large Hadron Rap

Well, it’s gone “viral”, but if you haven’t yet seen the rap video that explains the work done at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland, you must!


The Physics Department has planned an exciting and action-packed Fall. There are several events we hope you’ll put on your calendar now:

September 22 at 6:30 pm
Segre Lecture with Mildred Dresselhaus of M.I.T.:
“Why Are We So Excited About Carbon Nanostructures?”
Reception beforehand for faculty and alumni.

October 3 at 9:00 am
Homecoming Classes are invited to breakfast and a lecture by Distinguished Professor Rich Muller.

November 17 at 6:30 pm
Phi Beta Kappa Lecture with Eric Adelberger of the University of Washington:
“Testing Einstein’s Happiest Law.”

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