The traditional subdivision of science into disciplines such as physics, chemistry and biology ignores the fact that nature has no such boundaries, and many important phenomena and interactions occur at the intersection of these traditional areas of inquiry. Therefore, a broader understanding of basic science, and its applications to problems of importance to humanity, requires advances that cross disciplinary boundaries. Historically, and now more than ever, physics serves as a technical and conceptual hub for scientific advances at many such boundaries. Phys-X initiative at Stanford, emphasizing the centrality of physics in diverse areas of science, engineering and medicine is being developed in the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, and is becoming a major direction for future growth.
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