Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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GUY & REBECCA FORMAN LECTURE IN THE TEACHING OF PHYSICS, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, March 23, 2000.


What is wrong with physics?

  • Lowest number of BS degrees in 40 years, but seems to be leveling off.
  • High percentage of foreign PhD students in many departments.

What are some ways out of this situation?

  • A way might be curriculum innovation

Physics and Mathematics:
They are like two functions that have always been defined on the same domain, now
they seem to have a greater overlap.

  • How did it happen?
  • How does it work?
  • What will be the result?

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