I have been told convincingly that "How?" and "Why?" were my first words and upon uttering them, by default, my first questions. Like all good questions they never quite acquired a satisfactory answer, which explains why I have never stopped asking them. Understanding how everything I can sense around me actually works, drove my childhood and continues to drive me; my education and my life. Physics fascinates me greatly. It is both logical and demands reasoning, deduction and mathematics and yet it is always somehow a conundrum, difficult to comprehend; how can Schrodinger's cat be both dead and alive in the box until it is observed?
My interest in Physics was aroused when, as a child, I read the book "Dead Famous - Albert Einstein". It led me to learn the very basics of Einstein's work, and thirst to find out more.
"A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking recently gave me food for thought - for example the section on black holes, which resulted in many a train journey being spent thinking hard.
I have also read "Why E=mc^2" by Brian Cox.
A growing interest in physics and an opportunity from school led me to CERN, pre-Higgs Boson discovery, where I found myself asking more questions and gaining more answers. "50 Physics Ideas You Really Need To Know" is a book I used to clarify a few doubts as well as understand some basic principles of physics. In addition to reading, I also keep up to date with new scientific discoveries by following many science pages online, such as "From Quarks to Quasars".
Teamwork and communication are necessary in any field and taking part in the "Be a Polymath" challenge at UCL (2013) certainly refined these skills. My love for science resulted in me being one of 12 students chosen from across the country to address 3000+ delegates at the "Planet Under Pressure 2012" international conference. The "Mission Discovery" summer school at Imperial College (2011) was a great opportunity to meet physicists and astronauts from N...