I recently graduated with a degree majoring in Physics and minoring in Philosophy from University College London (BASc). I loved this combination because it allowed me to focus on the theoretical side of Physics whilst also being able to keep my mind open to the broader questions that Philosophy encourages you to ask. Asking the big questions, I believe, is something one should never stop doing. As crazy as it sometimes feels to sit and ponder over where we came from or what else is out there, we should, all though it is all too easy to carry on with more normal daily activities. You don’t have to be a scientist to ask these questions and you certainly don’t have to be a scientist to be interested in the thoughts surrounding them. This is what we hope to achieve with this website, to spread the love of asking big questions, of curiosity and of science.
The past year I worked for a UK Space Mission that is launching a satellite to learn more about the exoplanets in our galaxy. Exoplanets are planets which orbit stars, like our sun, in different solar systems. By learning about the atmospheres of these exoplanets we can deduce their history, evolution, climate and ask perhaps the most important question – are they are habitable?! Now why I love this particular topic in Astrophysics so much is that it reminds us just how very tiny we are. In the universe there are at least 100 billion galaxies. In our galaxy alone there are 100 billion stars which means there could be as many as 40 billion Earth-like planets. We are one planet and we are unimaginably tiny. The human race should be craving to learn more about what else is out there, surely we can’t be content with the affairs the happen on this pale blue dot alone?
I am now attending Kings College London and studying for a MSc in Theoretical Physics. My days currently involve grappling with calculations in Quantum Field Theory, trying to conceptually understand what a manifold is and drinking many cups of coffee.
I have always loved to write about science and I find it helps me consolidate my understanding of topics much more. I know that everyone asks themselves these big questions at one time or another but then they get all too quickly distracted with something which seems more pressing. Often it is said, what good is it to ask such questions, what benefit will it bring us now?! To this I say, we should be impatient to ask such questions because we are fortunate enough as a species to be able to be here and to actually do so – which in itself seems very special indeed. Of course direct benefits may not occur in our life time or the next but if we continue to ask these questions we continually progress on the path to understanding more about the workings of the universe than we ever did before.
If you have a blog you think I would enjoy please do leave a comment below and I shall be sure to check it out. I hope my articles interest you but most importantly I hope they leave you wanting to know more. Together we can help rationalise the universe.