Physics 3 - Modern Physics - ph114053 - is the physics behind the hi-tech revolution!

One hundred years from a revolution in physics to a revolution in technology

In 1901 the very first Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays. We will learn about this next week.

IN October, 2008, the Nobel Prize for Physics was announced for part of the last section of your course,"for the discovery of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics" and "for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature".

In 2004 the Nobel Prize for Physics was given for the main part of the last section of your course, the Standard Model of Elementary Particle Physics. More details at

In 2001 the Nobel Prize for Physics was given for ``Bose-Einstein'' condensation, see details HERE.

In 2000 the Nobel Prize for Physics was given for the foundation behind modern information technology, see details HERE. We will learn about the basics of this technology and the discoveries that were awarded Nobel prizes. See also Albert Einstein visiting the Technion . (In 1923, Albert Einstein visited the then empty Technion building in Hadar (today this is the National Science Museum, where two trees planted by Einstein and his wife still survive) and on his return to Germany founded the first Technion Society. Einstein said ``Israel can win the difficult battle of survival only by developing painstakingly the intelligence and expert knowledge of her young people in the field of technology.'')

2005 was the World Year of Physics, WYP2005, since it is 100 years after Einstein explained the Photoelectric Effect, which is the first topic we will study in this course. More details at


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