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What Physics Can Do – Ten Applications for an Advanced World

February 16, 2010

I didn’t like to mention what I majored at school, because I could expect what they would react: “Wow, isn’t it hard?” Especially for a girl. Then they would wonder what I’d do for studying physics, except becoming a teacher.

People probably are more aware of what chemistry can do in our daily life, but are not aware that many things they’re using come from applications of physics.

Institute of Physics (based in UK) has published a report that lists how physics has contributed to ten different technological developments:

  • Cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • DNA and physics
  • The Global Positioning System
  • Holography
  • Laser
  • Liquid-crystal displays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Optical fibres
  • The ozone layer
  • The World Wide Web

Yes, even the internet. The list here doesn’t include some of most important inventions in electronic devices. The sky of physics is not limited.

(via PhysicsWorld Blog)

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