THINGS TO KNOWSummer is over, the sun is lower above the horizon, and the sun’s radiation becomes weaker overall. The probability of getting a sunburn also decreases significantly. But what is the actual reason for this? Why can’t you get sunburn from visible light and where does it come from instead? In a nutshell, the physical answer is: It has to do with the radiation spectrum of our sun and the size of energy packets. And with that we are already in the middle of quantum physics.
LIFE STORIESTwo more semesters of university are done. And I have not only learned about incredible physical phenomena, but also understood what I am doing all this hard work for. Finding a good study-life balance is not easy, but luckily we are not alone in this study and always find someone on the same wavelength.
LIFE STORIESI worked on this article during the whole second semester of my university life. Here are my feelings and thoughts, learning plans and everyday impressions. You will get to know the great aspects of a summer semester as well as negative impressions. And you will see that in the life of a student not everything always goes according to plan.
THINGS TO KNOWMore than half of all German students have a job while studying. This brings more than just financial benefits. The double burden on young people, most of whom study full-time, is enormous – but not impossible to keep up.
LIFE STORIES This was supposed to be an article about my exam preparation during my first semester at university. But sometimes things turn out differently than planned. Today I know that good grades at university are not everything. What really counts is living.So don’t hesitate to live your best life despite studying.
LIFE STORIESThe Magnus-Haus, capital representation of the DPG and seat of the regional association Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin, is an important European site of the scientific history of physics. After the designation as EPS Historic Site, the ceremonial unveiling of a commemorative plaque by the presidents of the European Physical Society (EPS), Luc Bergé, and the German Physical Society (DPG), Lutz Schröter, followed on October 15, 2021, during a festive event. I was able to attend this event as a member of the Potsdam regional group of the jDPG. An unique day in the world of the DPG.
THINGS TO KNOWHow do we find the path to happiness? Should we follow our desire? Or should we rather seek “stoic tranquillity”? The philosophers of antiquity answered these questions in many different ways. Their answers can be found in the so-called “virtue ethics”.
LIFE STORIESWill I need polynomial division in my later life? You won’t. Unless you study mathematics or become an architect or … The list of subjects you won’t need in the future seems much longer than the list of knowledge that is actually used in everyday life. No wonder that the motivation to learn decreases exponentially over the years.Why I still look back positively on the knowledge imparted to me, you can find out when you read on.
THINGSTO KNOWIn the course of human history, numerous religions have developed in the most diverse forms. They all share a belief in something supernatural. But what is it exactly, this transcendent being, and can its existence be proven?
WORKING METHODSA good newspaper article needs more than just an interesting title and a large cover picture. A thoroughly researched text in an appropriate style of expression and with a clearly emerging theme, as well as correct references to sources, are much more important than a large abundance of pictures. But those who master the technique of article writing will soon realise how versatile this kind of communication can be.