• Question: why do you like physics

    Asked by ZakZain to Kathryn on 13 Nov 2018.
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      Kathryn Coldham answered on 13 Nov 2018:

      Good question! I always liked science at school and had a very good physics teacher! A big inspiration for me liking physics was when the machine I currently work on (called the Large Hadron Collider which is at CERN) started up when I was 13. This is a big ring-shaped machine that smashes particles called protons together at nearly the speed of light, recreating conditions from just after the Big Bang. This enables scientists to try to find new particles and learn more about the ones we’ve already found.

      So I like physics (particularly particle physics) because there’s always something new to find out and you’re constantly kept busy! Physics is a very collaborative subject, so there can be thousands of people working on a single experiment. It has so many applications to our lives, so the world would be a very different place if we didn’t research into it 🙂

      If you’d like to find out more about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, click here: https://home.cern/

      I’m happy to answer any more questions if you have any 😀