Once upon a time, the Earth was thought to be a plain disk. Above it, a half-sphere contained the rotating Sun and Moon and all the stars humankind could see. Times have changed ever since and we now know a lot more things. This is a tale, my dear readers, of seeming truths and excusable mistakes, of the good and the bad, of the ever changing lie we call knowledge.
I’m currently studying Biomedical Sciences with Anatomy. Exactly one week ago, I started my second year at university!
I know I haven’t posted
much over the summer (even though I promised more regular updates. I’m so sorry!), but this year looks amazing. We will specialize more and my subjects include Human Anatomy, Cell Physiology, and Molecular Genetics. Because I love learning I am very excited to get as much as I can of all these courses.
My goal is to be a researcher, and that means sharing new knowledge with the world. It means applying yourself, discovering new things, getting other people involved with your work. So far I haven’t had much opportunities to do hands-on research or experiments, although my practical sessions this year will be way more interesting.
I am really happy I am given the opportunity to learn so much about the human body and how it works, no matter how many hours of study does it take. It is a fascinating subject and I plan on sharing all the amazing bits of information I learn this year (anyone interested in how lethal injections work?). I may publish less Physics posts, but it will compensated with more specific and complete content.
See all of you soon!
To everyone who reads Reverse Science.
Today’s Weekly Quote is about change and repurposing. Could Biya have changed men to people? Who knows?
“One day in the future men will look at the present and wish for an undo option.”
― Evans Biya
Anyways. I’ve been thinking about this blog and what I want to do with it. This will be the last Weekly Quote -sorry about missing last weeks’- although I may share interesting quotes I find (unlikely but not impossible). Would you like any other periodical content? Or maybe memes hosted by other bloggers? (Comment if you know someone!)
But the big deal here are the posts. My goal was to write twice or even thrice a week, all the posts being super cool, hard-fact-backed-science based. OK, goal not accomplished. From now on I’ll publish new content at least once a week, science post guaranteed. Bonus if it’s more than once weekly. Somehow I’ve managed to create a stable audience in WordPress and now I need to focus more on the social media presence.
Regarding the weekly post, I’ve though about doing some sort of poll for you to decide what area or topic you would be interested to read about next week from a series of options. How specific the options will be, no idea.
That’s all the news for now. Thanks a lot to all of you for your support and please comment what you think! Any suggestion will be very helpful.
Hey! I’ve been in contact with one of the speakers of the event and she has suggested some modifications for the part of the post corresponding to her presentation. So, even though most of the post remains the same, you may want to read again “Interview with the tumour, I mean… vampire!” as there are a couple of corrections.
Note: this blog post is based on some Pint of Science talks taking place in 2018. The researchers that have shared their work are not associated with Infinite Muon, who is not an author or collaborator of any research mentioned here.
If you haven’t heard about it, Pint of Science is an all-over-the-world event where top scientists go to pubs and share their research with the general public. It lasts three days (14-16 of May) and is a great opportunity to learn more about a particular topic, even if you have no previous background on it.Read More »
You may be thinking of Marvel right now, or maybe something similar. While these are a type of multiverses too, they are fictional ones were superheroes exist. Physicists talk about theoretical multiverses, which similar but not exactly the same as fictional multiverses (although they also talk Marvel).Read More »
A journey through space, time and beyond
This book covers everything from relativity and astrophysics to quantum mechanics to the grey area in the middle and the even greyer areas beyond. It is explained in such a way it is understandable by everyone, with or without previous knowledge of Physics. In fact, it only uses one equation through the book: E=mc^2.
It uses good metaphors and plenty of witty sentences to add a little humour to the subject. It is didactic with simple well-explained concepts. This book is full of comparisons and situations and metal experiments to clarify or prove Galfard’s point of view.
It also is very well written. What I didn’t like so much about the book was the slow pace. There is some sort of plot with a nice yellow futuristic robot that appears every now and then. I published this photo on my Instagram account earlier today, when I had less than 20 pages left to write this review. I started reading this book after Christmas as it was a present from my family!
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One chapter (and epilogue) to go! I've learned some nice things from this book (yay black holes!!) even though it's taken me hella to finish it. What are you reading right now? #universeinyourhand #books #sciencereading #scicomm #physics #relativity #astrophysics #particlephysics #quantummechanics
When it comes to diversity in the book, I have mixed feelings. Let’s start with the fictional characters: most are of unknown characteristics (sex, ethnicity…), there are more “confirmed” females than males and the main character (you) doesn’t have any defined characteristics. So far, so good. Christophe Galfard mentions a lot of people in the book because of their work, ideas, and research. I don’t recall a single woman being mentioned by name (there is mention of work done by women) and, of course, most (if not all) of the mentioned people are white.
Those were the two things I disliked about the book but, other than that, it is a book that can be read by anyone with an interest in the subject. It talks about the formation of planets and galaxies, black holes, string theory, radioactivity, particle physics, quantum mechanics with all its subtopics… there’s something for everybody. Galfard also talked about the junction of relativity and the quantum world, the very big and the very small, and what we know (and ignore) about that.
The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.
— Thomas Berger
I truly believe asking questions is the best way to improve in all the meanings of the word. But I also believe that learning to ask questions, and the right ones, is a process rather than an ability. We are taught as children to listen and learn and not question what our parents say -it’s a survival instinct nevertheless to trust your parents. And I’m not saying that’s wrong. It shouldn’t be. Later in life we can receive different kind of education but in too many places the curriculum doesn’t include a “check your sources” course.
What are your thoughts on this?