Week 9

Extra Credit: Thinking Atoms

The discussion between physicists James Gimzewski and Franz J. Giessibl centered around how we think about and ‘see’ atoms. To begin, I thought Franz’s anecdote about how he got into the field to be amusing. He was given the options of researching 1. Metro gravity waves, 2. Reading a DNA sequence with a scanning tunneling microscope, and 3. Improve atomic force microscopy to get atomic resolution, which he chose since it was the easiest to him.


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