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Whats the most important development in physics in the last 10 years?

  1. Sep 20, 2003 #1
    Someone asked me this today, and I couldn't think of one thing that was obviously more important than the rest. What's your opinion?
     
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  3. Sep 20, 2003 #2

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    Mentor: Shuffle to philosophy forum please...

    Well, it's very hard to categorise what is or is not important scientifically speaking. Seemingly usely developments - eg. discovering of jerking frogs legs can often lead to huge advances, eg. electricity, and significant discoveries can turn out to be red herrings. Eg. formulation of ether theory, alchemy. While M-theory, LQG, DSR , Higgs fields and so on all seem pretty important right now, only time will tell.
     
  4. Sep 21, 2003 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    Quantum Dots.

    http://qt.tn.tudelft.nl/grkouwen/qdotsite.html

    Biological quantum dots go live
    http://physicsweb.org/article/world/16/3/3

    Quantum dots count microwave photons
    http://physicsweb.org/article/news/6/6/1

    Scientists activate neurons with quantum dots
    http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20011204S0068

    Sandia researchers use quantum dots as a new approach to solid-state lighting:
    http://www.sandia.gov/news-center/news-releases/2003/elect-semi-sensors/quantum.html

    etc...etc...etc...
     
  5. Sep 26, 2003 #4

    Claude Bile

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    Photonic band gaps could be big....
     
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