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.