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An idler’s guide to physics (part 1)

On February 6, 2014

I didn’t have a lot of time between my Second Year Electromag II lecture and the Antennas lecture to my MSc group, but the determined lecturer can do a lot with one hour. So, not waiting to see if any of my second year students wanted a post-lecture discourse with me, I dashed out of […]

When you tell someone you’re a physicist, explain what you actually do

On July 23, 2013

Physics is a diverse, constantly growing field. So why do people treat me differently when I tell them that I’m studying it? The response is almost always that they never understood (or worse, never liked) physics, that it’s remarkable that I’m studying it. And after that… silence. Now, I like compliments as much as the […]

How journalists can help the scientists they interview

On May 28, 2013

As a physicist, I’m fond of simple universal principles from which all other results are derived. When a journalist is interviewing a scientist for a story, I think the important underlying idea is that each is doing the other a favor. A quote from a prominent scientist will make a story better, but it’s not an […]