Many of the products we surround ourselves with in everyday life, and take for granted, actually began as scientific studies and experiments before they ended as products for ordinary people. On this page we describe some of them.
11 June 2010
PET-scanner In 1928, Paul Dirac predicted the existence of antimatter, which 45 years later is used to perform advanced brain scans.
Sara Buch is cand. mag. in literature, film and European studies from Aarhus University, and is writing about science history at the Niels Bohr Institute.
About Physics Spinoffs
THERE IS PHYSICS IN EVERYTHING
30 percent of the world's gross national product would not be possible without quantum physics. You cannot make modern electronics or mobile telephones without knowledge of quantum physics, and GPS would not function without Einstein's theory of relativity.
But all of the modern technical solutions we surround ourselves with in everyday life, were often not invented for that purpose - they are by-products, derived from physics research, which actually had a completely different aim.
World Wide Web was, for example, invented by physicists at CERN, who needed to be able to share all of the data being created by experiments with nuclear collisions in the particle accelerator.