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2016 Physics of the Observer
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2015 The Physics of What Happens
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2013 Physics of Information
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2010 The Nature of Time
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2008 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
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2006 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
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Paula Apsell
WGBH Educational Foundation

Project Title

"The Nature of Reality" Physics Column on NOVA

Project Summary

Since 1974 on the TV side and 1996 on the web side, NOVA has tackled challenging physics and other science subjects, making them exciting and understandable to a lay audience. We have the skills and experience to present groundbreaking physics discoveries and leading questions in the field, and we have an enormous lay audience standing by, eager to hear about them. What we don't have is the resources to do up-to-the-minute reporting on a regular basis or to create web-exclusive content that is not tied directly to a NOVA program or its subject matter. With FQXi's support, we can make that kind of newsworthy reporting a reality through the proposed weekly physics column. In summer 2010, NOVA rolled out an updated website organized by interests (rather than around NOVA programs), with full-length NOVA episodes and web-original content integrated into one comprehensive archive for each topic (see The centerpiece of our redesigned Physics and Math site ( the reason people will come back regularly to learn more--will be the proposed weekly report from the frontiers of physics by a crack science journalist.

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