Optics and Turkey’s Scientific Revival

Giovanni Volpe

Optics and photonics are playing a brilliant role in Turkey’s scientific boom.


figureNational Nanotechnology Research Center, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Politics and science have been closely intertwined throughout Turkey’s long history—for good and for bad. The collapse of the 600-year-old Ottoman Empire, which at its peak controlled vast stretches of northern Africa, southeastern Europe and western Asia, was largely due to the Empire’s inability to keep pace with European social and technological developments.

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