By James Dacey
A little earlier today we hosted a Google+ Hangout about the July issue of Physics World – a special issue about an emerging new research field called the “physics of cancer”. In case you were unable to join us for the live event (or would like to enjoy it all over again), you can watch it again via this YouTube recording.
I was joined in the Hangout by Matin Durrani, the editor of Physics World, who, among other things, addressed the age-old issue of physics haughtiness – is it arrogant of physicists to believe that they can bring fresh insights into such a well-established field as cancer research? I was also joined in the debate by Louise Mayor, the magazine’s features editor, who was responsible for commissioning many of the articles that appear in the issue. Louise brought a colourful overview of what you can expect from the articles and reveals insights into how she chooses the topics to be covered in the features section.
Hopefully this hangout will whet your appetite enough for you to take a look at the physics of cancer special issue, which is available as a free PDF download. If you’re already a member of the Institute of Physics, you can access the entire new issue online free through the digital version of the magazine or by downloading the Physics World app onto your iOS or Android device, available from the App Store and Google Play, respectively. The digital edition also contains a series of special Physics World videos on fighting cancer with physics.