Peter Zamarovský, a professor at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) in
Prague, has been awarded this year’s Littera Astronomica prize for his
literary work linking natural sciences and philosophy.
Prof. Zamarovský lectures on philosophy and at other institutions also teaches physics and digital photography.
The Czech Astronomical Society said he received the award for popularizing philosophy, physics and astronomy. He is due to receive it on Friday at the 29th Autumn Book Fair in Havlíčkův Brod.
Five Nobel Prize winners and more than 160 other physicists from around the
world are in Prague this week for a conference on Quantum and Mesoscopic
It is the seventh edition of the event, organized by the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
Among the most prominent speakers are Nobel Laureates William Phillips, who discuss findings on so-called super-cool atoms; Rainer Weiss, who will talk about the origins of gravitational astronomy.
Several lectures are open to the public while others will be available online. The conference ends on Saturday with a section dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
With the right springs, would somebody really be able to leap over buildings like Czech WWII urban legend Pérák? Which superhero’s powers are the most credible? And just why are there so many superhero movies today? Recently I discussed those questions and more with James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes, who was in the Czech Republic to give a talk at Colours of Ostrava’s Melting Pot forum. But the US scientist first explained how he had come to use superhero stories to teach physics.
Experts from the Institute of Physics at the Czech Academy of Sciences recently made headlines with groundbreaking research in which they uncovered a method for data entry and storage in computing that is considerably faster than what is available at present. The team was able to prove that Spintronics based on antiferromagnets could enter data 1000 times faster than in common memory media. Their findings made a splash within the scientific community and it's easy to see why: it has the potential to fundamentally change computing years down the
One of the most famous more recent quotes about the nature of money is by the fictional Baltimore drug dealer D’Angelo Barksdale in the US series The Wire: “Money be green…” he says, “money feel like money!”, reacting to a scam where a buyer has passed poorly counterfeited bills. Money feels like money… except when it doesn’t. Money of the future will no longer be bills and will not be the digital money of today, either. Scientists at Palacký University in Olomouc have demonstrated that in all likelihood it will be quantum, ultra-secure and impossible
Petr Hořava is a Czech-born prize-winning physicist specialising in string theory who teaches that as well as quantum field theory at the University of California, Berkley. Hořava is a member of the theory group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was awarded the Czech Republic’s Neuron Prize for his contribution to theoretical physics in 2015.
Czech scientists have made the cover of the prestigious Science magazine with their discovery of a unique method determining the structure of nanocrystals. The new findings can have an important impact on scientific fields such as pharmaceuticals, synthetic chemistry, or the development of new materials. Lukáš Palatinus of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, who was the head of the research team, told me more about the discovery:
The University of West Bohemia in Pilsen on Friday opened a new research and learning centre focussing on cybernetics, math, and physics. The university’s rector Illona Mauritzová said the centre, which cost 1.36 billion crowns, including equipment (the construction alone was 530 million) had the potential to rank among top European facilities for research and development. The bill for the centre was largely paid from European funds, almost 80 percent. The centre is one of four commissioned by the university. Two have been completed.
In the early morning hours of Tuesday a crowd gathered to watch the release of a hot air balloon over Prague’s Libuše meteorological observatory in honour of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of cosmic rays by the young Austrian physicist Victor Franz Hess. But, more than anywhere else the anniversary is being marked in the town of Ustí nad Labem where Hess’ successful balloon flight took place exactly a century ago.
Čestmír Šimáně, a renowned Czech physicist, has died at the age of 93, according to an announcement made on Wednesday by the Czech Academy of Sciences. The scientist is regarded as one of the founders of nuclear physics in the country. Šimáně studied in both Czechoslovakia and France before joining the newly-formed Atomic Physics Institute; in 1954, he became the head of the Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and became a key voice in lobbying efforts for this dangerous form of energy to be put to peaceful and not destructive uses. The scientist, who during his career focused on nuclear accelerators, reactors and the detection of radiation, published numerous books and articles during his career as well as teaching nuclear physics to Czech students.