Thursday, July 02, 2009

60 scientific symbols explained in a fun way

Ever been confused by all the letters and squiggles used by scientists? Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos about physics and astronomy presented by experts from The University of Nottingham.

They aren't lessons or lectures - and this site is not an online reference book. The films are just fun chats with men and women who love their subject and know a lot about it! It's worth noting many symbols have multiple uses across scientific disciplines and they are somtimes approached from an unexpected viewpoint. Click on "gamma" and you'll find a professor of physics talking about cricket balls... Click on "rho" and they're stuffing paperclips into coffee cups.

However whatever symbol you click on, you'll see something interesting and maybe learn something new. Take "Venus", represented by the universal symbol for female, , for example.....

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