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2Physics Quote:
"Can photons in vacuum interact? The answer is not, since the vacuum is a linear medium where electromagnetic excitations and waves simply sum up, crossing themselves with no interaction. There exist a plenty of nonlinear media where the propagation features depend on the concentration of the waves or particles themselves. For example travelling photons in a nonlinear optical medium modify their structures during the propagation, attracting or repelling each other depending on the focusing or defocusing properties of the medium, and giving rise to self-sustained preserving profiles such as space and time solitons or rapidly rising fronts such as shock waves." -- Lorenzo Dominici, Mikhail Petrov, Michal Matuszewski, Dario Ballarini, Milena De Giorgi, David Colas, Emiliano Cancellieri, Blanca Silva Fernández, Alberto Bramati, Giuseppe Gigli, Alexei Kavokin, Fabrice Laussy, Daniele Sanvitto. (Read Full Article: "The Real-Space Collapse of a Two Dimensional Polariton Gas" )

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Fantastic Realities

Fantastic Realities
ed:
Frank Wilczek
Pub: World Scientific, Singapore
ISBN 981-256-649-X

500pp (approx.)
(to be published soon)

If you love Physics and wish to have a relaxation of mind, here is a book we recommend to you. Frank Wilczek is the charismatic Physics Professor at MIT and recipient of 2004 Nobel Prize. He is known, among other things, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, axions, and the discovery and exploitation of new forms of quantum statistics (anyons).

This book consists of 49 pieces, including many from Wilczek’s award-winning 'Reference Frame' columns in 'Physics Today' and some of them are never before published. The articles are gathered by style and subject into a dozen chapters, each with a revealing, witty introduction.

It has everything that can please, amuse and entertain your mind and brain: jokes, some poems, and extracts from wife Betsy Devine’s sparkling chronicle of what it’s like to live through a Nobel Prize. There’s also some history, some philosophy, some exposition of frontier science for your lasting edification -- You know what to expect if you are a regular follower of Frank's 'reference frame' columns.

The book is going to hit the stand soon in the forthcoming spring and we are predicting a big success.

Congratulations Frank ... for thinking of such a wonderful book and finding time to deliver it for our pleasure.


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