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Hello Science Alliancers and welcome to our last newsletter of the year.



25 November 2016

Hello Science Alliancers and welcome to our last newsletter of the year. It comes to you in late November, a time you might notice is marked by the plethora of Christmas ads on TV or perhaps the absence of year 12 students in your schoolyard. But November to me is characterised by feeding the media beast as I hawk my latest book.

In the many media interviews I've done over the last few weeks for the not particularly modestly titled Adam Spencer's Time Machine, there is one theme I keep coming back to: despite the allure of the Renaissance, or the primitive charm of Medieval years, now most certainly is an incredible time to be alive.

A single example: in 1935 James Chadwick won the Nobel Prize for discovering the neutron two years earlier. In the early 1930s, just one lifetime ago, we had experimental evidence for a grand total of four subatomic particles - electrons, protons, neutrons, and photons. Around 80 years later in 2012, scientists announced evidence for the Higgs boson, bringing the total number of known subatomic particles to 61 (depending on how you count the various states and composite particles).

And practically every other area of scientific endeavor has experienced this frenzied explosion of knowledge.

To all of you who are inspiring the next generation of great Australian scientific minds, my sincere best wishes and thanks. Enjoy the break and see you in 2017 (which is a prime number - sorry, couldn't help myself!).

* Adam Spencer's Time Machine is available from adamspencer.com.au and good bookstores.