Free and Open-Source Software for Physics Research

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Physics World Mathematics and computation Podcast, on: "Free and open-source software is driving physics forwards", 22 Sep 2021

By 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."

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