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Pedagogical and Real Science - the Physics Case

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Professor Malcolm Longair was the Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, from 1991 to 2008. He was also the Head of the Cavendish Laboratory from 1997 to 2005. Since 2016, he has been Editor-in-chief of the Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. Longair’s primary research interests are in the fields of high energy astrophysics and astrophysical cosmology. He has written eight books and many articles on this work. He was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year Honours List and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004. The talk will be contrasting what we teach in physics courses with how physics is conducted in practice.

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