I was in the post office a few days ago to get a stamp. I needed to send a card to the States which costs 65p.
The design on the stamp was gorgeous - a hologram of an atom emblazoned on a futuristic silver background. It’s part of a series to commemorate the anniversery of the Nobel Prize for physics.
Which reminds me…
I’ve been meaning to point you to this year’s winners who have effectively succeeded in creating a new form of matter:
"A laser beam differs from the light from an ordinary light bulb in several ways. In the laser the light particles all have the same energy and oscillate together. To cause matter also to behave in this controlled way has long been a challenge for researchers. This year’s Nobel Laureates have succeeded - they have caused atoms to "sing in unison" - thus discovering a new state of matter, the Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). "
Well, that deserves a stamp if you ask me.
Of course, I had to put the oh-so-cool hologram stamp on the card I was sending. I’ll have to go back and get another one.