For centuries civilisations have pondered eternal questions: How did our Universe come into being? What shapes its destiny? And what is our place in it? Physics addresses some of the most fundamental questions about our world. It provides a unique capacity to, in the words of the poet Blake, “see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.”

Breakthroughs in physics have transformed the way we live today. The revolutions in quantum physics and relativity have given us the laser, the computer revolution, medical imaging devices, the GPS and much more. The demand for better, faster and smaller technologies continues unabated and the School of Physics is part of the exciting developments in 21st century science.

The School of Physics will soon move into a New Horizons Centre, which will house leading laboratories and researchers, including the internationally renowned Professor Michael Fuhrer. Michael will dramatically expand his work on new electronic materials, such as graphene, a form of ‘atomic chicken wire’, which will revolutionise electronics for use in computing, sensors and solar power generation.