Wednesday, January 17, 2007

When physics met Web 2.0 ...

"I ignore blogs completely," says theoretical particle physicist Frank Close from Oxford University. "I wouldn't read what someone posts on a notice board outside my local newsagent and putting it on the Web doesn't make it any more official."

From this PhysicsWeb article about how physics measures up in the Web 2.0 world.

Here's a reality check:

But how many physicists actually read or contribute to blogs? While 16 of the 60 respondents to our survey said they do read physics blogs, all but three of these are the very same people who also write blogs of their own. The Mixed States site lists about 100 physics blogs, which is a drop in the ocean of a worldwide community of hundreds of thousands of physicists. Indeed, most of our survey respondents were either unaware of the existence of physics blogs or said that they do not trust the content of them.