Outside the Research Lab, Volume 1

Outside the Research Lab, Volume 1
Physics in the Arts, Architecture and Design

Sharon Ann Holgate
ISBN: 9781681744681 | PDF ISBN: 9781681744698
Copyright © 2017 | 131 Pages | Publication Date: March, 2017

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This book is written for students and other interested readers as a look inside the diverse range of applications for physics outside of the scientific research environment. This first volume covers several different areas of the arts and design ranging from stage lighting to sculpting. The author has interviewed experts in each area to explain how physics and technology impact their work. These are all useful examples of how physics encountered in taught courses relates to the real world.

The author is a freelance science writer and broadcaster with credits including presenting on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4, presenting video podcasts for a medical research charity, and appearing on a 'Boffins Special' of the Weakest Link. Her articles have appeared in Her articles have appeared in Science, Science Careers, New Scientist, The Times Higher Education Supplement, E&T, Flipside, Focus, Physics World, Interactions, Materials World, Modern Astronomer, and Astronomy Now, while her first book The Way Science Works (a children's popular science book co-authored with Robin Kerrod) was shortlisted for the Royal Society Junior Books Prize.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Where art meets technology - Using physics and materials science to create and install sculptures
3. Behind the scenes - Optics and mechanics in stage lighting and theatrical visual effects
4. Sounding good - Physics and physics-based technology in TV and radio sound recording
5. Music to your ears - The physics behind music
6. High-tech trends - Physics techniques used to create fashion and footwear
7. Building for the future - Physics within sustainable and visionary architecture

About the Author(s)

Sharon Ann Holgate, Science Writer and Broadcaster
Sharon Ann Holgate has a doctorate in experimental physics from the University of Sussex in the UK, where she was a Visiting Fellow in Physics and Astronomy for nine years, and is a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Physicist. She has worked for eighteen years as a freelance science writer and broadcaster, with broadcast credits including presenting on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4, presenting video podcasts for medical research charity the Myrovlytis Trust and appearing on a 'Boffins Special' of The Weakest Link. Her articles have appeared in Science, Science Careers, New Scientist, The Times Higher Education Supplement, E&T, Flipside, Focus, Physics World, Interactions, Materials World, Modern Astronomer, and Astronomy Now, while her first book The Way Science Works (a children's popular science book co-authored with Robin Kerrod) was shortlisted for the Royal Society Junior Books Prize. She was a contributor to the popular science book 30-Second Quantum Theory, and her undergraduate textbook Understanding Solid State Physics is currently in use as a core text in universities around the world. She has also written careers material, case studies, and press releases for the Institute of Physics and careers material and brochures for The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, and given talks at venues including the Science Museum in London. Dr Holgate was the Institute of Physics Young Professional Physicist of the Year for 2006, won a Merit Award in the 1994 Daily Telegraph Young Science Writer of the Year competition, and was shortlisted for the radio programme category of the Association of British Science Writers' Awards in 2005. Outside of work she collects contemporary ceramics, is a regular visitor to art galleries and museums, and enjoys learning about fashion history and steam locomotives.

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