Meet the team
"After visiting the D-Day landing beaches as a child, I became fascinated by history since battles which often last less than an hour, can change the face and dynamic of the world. This fascination became intertwined with physics when I visited Japan in 2016 and explored the city of Hiroshima, a city in which the first of two atomic bombs were dropped in Japan. Seeing how physics could be used as a force of destruction was eye-opening and allowed me to realise that physics runs a fine line between enabling innovation and causing devastation. I hope it becomes clear through this article that a significant amount of the science behind such as chaotic device, is unsettlingly simple."
"I have always been fascinated by the history of warfare and how it is effectively interwoven into all parts of human history. The outcomes of wars or single battles can often be seen to have had widesweeping effects, that are still present even after large amounts of time have passed. In recent years I have become more interested in the technical aspects of warfare, with how production, logistics, doctrine, technology and other factors influenced wars. Thus, it was with great excitement that I chose to write about the development and consequences of rocket technology. This gave me an opportunity to combine my love of physics and military history to learn how technologies developed for the purpose of destruction, can lead to great scientific achievements. "
"I first became interested in physics when learning about our solar system and the properties of different planets within it. This impacted my decision to look into radar greatly as I learned that an entire field of radar astronomy might not have been possible without the significant technological developments made during the war. This article not only gave me the chance to explore more of the history behind radar but also changed the way I view an important concept that I had been familiar of but had never truly investigated before."
"My interest in physics is intertwined with a love for media, so naturally this project, as an assessment of the cross section between history and physics, is of huge interest to me. Looking at how the second world war influenced the governmental and societal attitudes towards scientific advancements is incredibly interesting but also important as these events in our history, as illustrated here, have a huge bearing on both society and science going forward."
"I've been fascinated by the delicate balance between scientific advances and the natural environment. The topic of aerosols is of great importance to me as it brings to light one of the most profound cases linking physics, politics and climate studies. It is riveting to think that a science created purely for warfare could become so economically viable. I hope my article shows the influence physics has on all walks of life"