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The long hunt for new objects in our expanding solar system

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University of Melbourne and Alice Gorman, Flinders University Recognise these planet names: Vulcan, Neptune, Pluto, Nemesis, Tyche and Planet X? They all have one thing in common: their existence was predicted to account for unexplained phenomena in our solar system. While the predictions of Neptune and Pluto proved correct, Nemesis and Tyche probably […]

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From Newton to Hawking and beyond: a short history of the Lucasian Chair

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University of Melbourne and Morgan Saletta, University of Melbourne On July 1 physicist Michael Cates will be the 19th person to sit in what is perhaps the most prestigious “chair” in science when he assumes the post of the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. Although sometimes called “Newton’s chair” after its […]

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Romantic science’s electric moment: the speculative physics of Ørsted, Ampère and Faraday

In 1864 James Clerk Maxwell published his essay, A dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field[1], which contained what are now known as Maxwell’s equations: the four basic equations of the electromagnetic field[2]. In doing so he bought to a satisfactory pause an intense period of experiment and theorizing on the nature of electricity and magnetism. […]

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