Keynote lecture for School Scientist of the Year award ceremony 2022

Theory of Complex Matter

On September 22nd 2022, I was given the opportunity to deliver the Keynote lecture for physics recipients of the (Lincolnshire) School Scientist of the Year awards held at the University of Lincoln and organised by Dave Spafford.

The lecture’s title was “Are we close to the end of physics?“. While many avenues can be chosen to address this question, the lecture focused on addressing two main questions: who decides what is ‘settled’ science? and is there any examples of fundamental issues in ‘settled’ science that are almost unknown from the public?

In a first part of the talk, I discussed various logical, sociological and philosophical issues in the ‘methodology’ of science. It is then illustrated with a paradigmatic ‘myth’ in the teaching of physics, which has been passed down for generations, namely the claim that externally forced resonance is responsible for the famous collapse of the Tacoma Narrows…

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