I am a data analyst for the QCAA. In 2019, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics. My passion is in science communication.
I started writing about science for my Grandmother (G’ma Ruth). She is always interested in everything her grandchildren are. She has a love for science and I wanted to show the wonders of the universe in an easy to understand way. Below is what I wrote when I first had the idea to write.
G’ma Ruth, I sit on the lounge in the air con next to Molly as I begin to write this. It is the 21 st of December, 2016, and we have just emailed each other in regards to me taking little longer than expected to prepare your Christmas gift. Originally I set out to write a short but descriptive article on light, a brief history with technical elements so that you could learn about what seems such a simple phenomenon. Without light, we would not exist. It is what gives us vision, life. It’s properties allow us to look back in time, yet also restrain us in understanding the universe.
I knew from the beginning that there would be a lot of information, but the more research I do, the papers I read, the videos I watch, I have come to the realisation that this is a far greater task than I ever thought. I figured that I would write you many small articles and that maybe, one day, I could combine them into a book. It is now evident that I could write a book entirely on light itself. However, the purpose of doing all this is because of your interest in Physics, and my interest in teaching it. This is a good way, I believe, to determine the best forms of communication for the masses. I will start off as detailed as I can and you can inform me of what to keep, what to remove, and what to change all together. This is the first, of hopefully many, topics that I hope I can explain to you in an enjoyable manner. Please do send me any requests of what you wish to learn and I do hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed researching it.
I was also inspired to explain how we know what we know because of my father, Julian. Whenever I recited a fact I learned at university, he would question me. He was doubtful. “Do you just believe what they tell you?” he would always ask. It made me realise that while it is very cool to list of fact after fact, it is not justified. This is my inspiration into explaining where this information comes from.