Physics as a human endeavour

Doing physics is messy and being a physicist is even more complicated. Today, every physicist faces a complex reality of human and systemic factors when pursuing research: grant deadlines, peer-review commitments, funding priorities and teaching responsibilities. The details may change, but social and political forces have always shaped who has done physics, what physics has been done, and even what counts as physics. Through this Series, we invite physicists, historians, sociologists, psychologists and other scholars to consider the following questions. How does physics work today? How did we end up with this system? How could we imagine physics in the future?

Cartoon drawings of physicists from across the world, across history.


Doing physics

Being a physicist

Creating a physics community