Category Archives: Physics

Understanding Physics in High School

I am wondering if one of the problems that students with a fear of maths and physics have is that their mental concept of what “understanding something” means is not adapted to those subjects. For example, I had a very … Continue reading

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Rant about Interstellar (with SPOILERS)

Yesterday, I went to see Interstellar, Chrisopher Nolan’s new sci-fi movie that sounded very interesting to me, as it features a wormhole and travel to another galaxy, and a dystopian starting point. I was very disappointed though, both in terms … Continue reading

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Too easy explanations

I spent a lot of my final years in academia being really angry about how ridiculously uncritical many of my fellow scientists are, and how little they actually care about the truth. Here is why: The goal of my subfield … Continue reading

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Why the discovery of the Higgs is so important

Reading about particle physics is just mind-blowing. This must be most fantastic, most crazy, most amazing field of physics. It is so ridiculously deep and outlandish. ‘We have reached an incredible milestone’, I read everywhere in the newspapers, ‘the Higgs … Continue reading

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How to be an asshole in a scientific collaboration

Here are four easy ways in which to be an asshole as a co-author. (i) In case something goes wrong, like if you get a difficult referee report, or if the main author discovers a bug in their code far … Continue reading

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