Physics and our lives

Physics and our lives

If Albert Einstein was a giant among scientists, then the year 1905 was a giant year of his lifetime as it was in this year that Einstein published three important papers that radically changed modern physics: Special Theory of Relativity, Photo Electric Effect and Brownian Motion. Marking the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s “Most Innovative Year”, 2005 was celebrated as the “World Year of Physics-2005 the world over, even as a number of Indian scientific institutions organised various programmes underlining Einstein’s work in the area of physics in particular and science in general.

In continuation of the celebration and with the objective of taking awareness of physics to the youth, a nationwide campaign titled “Appreciating Physics in Everyday Life” was launched last week. The campaign, which will conduct intensive science communication activities, will run throughout the year. All the members of National Council for Science and Technology Communication will implement the programmes. In Maharashtra, the student-welfare organisation Jidnyasa has been assigned the responsibility of the campaign.
The programmes under the campaign will give rare opportunities to students and teachers. School students will get hands-on experience of physics experiments, interaction with eminent scientists and a multitude of workshops including development of low cost experiments. Forty college students will undergo intensive training at a six-day workshop to be organised at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education during the Diwali vacation.
As for teachers, a special regional training workshop for selected science teachers will be organised at Ratnagiri where teachers from Goa, Maharashtra, Daman and Gujarat will participate. These trained teachers will act as guides for future programmes that may follow.

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