When Albert Einstein moved from Zurich to Prague in early April 1911 to take up his first full professorship teaching theoretical physics, he was not yet world-famous, though heralded in scientific circles as likely “the next Copernicus”. The position at the German University in Prague was a significant step up for Einstein, then 32, in terms of status and salary. Yet he found life in Bohemia more alienating than enchanting: German-speakers like himself were an entrenched minority in the Hapsburg Slav capital, and Einstein’s young family had no
Albert Einstein’s tenure as a professor of theoretical physics in Prague is often noted in passing – as an “interlude” or a “sojourn” of no great significance, even though it was in the Czech capital where his most extraordinary work, the theory of general relativity, truly began to emerge. With his new book Einstein in Bohemia, Princeton University history professor Michael D Gordin makes a compelling case that not only did Einstein’s time in Prague shape the science, literature, and even politics of the city for decades to come, the same is true
A private Czech foundation has decided to donate an unprecedented sum of money in the history of Czech philanthropy to science. Hana and Dalimil Dvořák, both leading chemists, have pledged to contribute 200 million crowns over the next two decades to dozens of chemistry and science students. The money comes from patent royalties from antiviral drugs used to treat HIV.
It may not sound as romantic as being struck by Cupid’s arrow, but feelings of love and lust are very much the result of chemical reactions within our body, says Dr. Michael Londesborough, a chemist at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He recently visited our studio to discuss some of humanity’s most powerful emotions from a scientific perspective. I began by asking him if there is any difference in how men and women perceive love.
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.
A recent conference on business and investment opportunities in Africa organized by the Czech Foreign Ministry, focused on innovative forms of investment and modern technologies. Titled “Creative, Innovative and Participative Africa” the event brought together ambassadors and business representatives, underlining Czech interest in establishing new partnerships and projects on the African continent. I spoke to Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa about the opportunities opening up, the risks involved and what the Czech government is doing to help
The Jaroslav Heyrovský Institute for Physical Chemistry has become the
first department of the Czech Academy of Sciences to obtain the HR
Excellence in Research Award, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday.
The award gives public recognition to research institutions that have made progress in aligning their HR policies with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers, making them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.
The Institute is a centre of fundamental research in physical chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical physics and is strongly involved in training of both undergraduate and graduate students.
Shorebirds are birds commonly found along sandy or rocky shorelines, mudflats, and shallow waters all around the globe. But a study co-authored by Czech scientist Vojtěch Kubelka shows that these birds are increasingly threatened with extinction. The research, recently published in the prestigious US magazine Science, reveals a link between nest predation and climate change on a global scale, but especially in the Arctic.