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Mathematics and computation

Free and open-source software is driving physics forwards

22 Sep 2021 James Dacey

In this episode of the Physics World Stories podcast you will hear from scientists and software engineers at the vanguard of developing free and open-source software for physics research. Guests talk about the role of open software in astronomical imaging, the search for dark matter, medical physics and other fields. Software also plays a big role in the wider open-science movement but there are ongoing debates around how to provide suitable recognition to software developers who have contributed to scientific breakthroughs.

Featuring the following guests:

  • Kirstie Whitaker, director of the Tools, Practices and Systems research programme at the Alan Turing Institute in London
  • Tim Smith, head of collaboration, devices and applications group at CERN
  • Katie Bouman – computer scientist at Caltech, whose algorithms helped to transform data from the Event Horizon Telescope into the first ever image of a black hole
  • Suchita Kulkarni, a particle physicist at the University of Graz, Austria
  • Juanjo Bazán, an astrophysicist from the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research in Madrid, Spain.

Find out more by reading “Standing on the shoulders of programmers: the power of free and open-source software“, originally published in the September issue of Physics World.

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