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Physics professor wins international prize for his blog

November 17, 2010

Undergraduate Campus

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics Ethan Siegel is winning international acclaim for his blog, which was recently named the best physics blog in the world.

Siegel’s blog, “Starts With a Bang,” earned the people’s choice award as well as the top prize from judges in a contest hosted by

Eclipsing competition from Wired and Discover, Siegel scored top marks for his humorous and accessible explanations of the mysteries of the universe—from dark energy to what our galaxy smells like. Judges lauded his knack for, “tackling subjects that leave many bewildered and explaining them in straightforward language.”

In the three years since Siegel began blogging, his site has accrued more than two million pageviews and 10,000 comments.

Get a sense of Siegel’s engaging style in recent posts like “Some Matter is Strange, but That’s Okay” or “How Afraid of Asteroids Should You Be?”


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