Why Do Women Leave Science? Eileen Pollack’s Memoir Has Answers

Eileen Pollack was the first woman to graduate with a B.S. in physics from Yale. In many of her physics courses, she was the only woman in the room. Constantly doubted, discouraged, and underestimated, Pollack struggled to find her place in the world of physics. Instead, recognized for her talent as a writer, she decidedContinue reading “Why Do Women Leave Science? Eileen Pollack’s Memoir Has Answers”

Materials Scientist Mark Miodownik’s Enthralling Explanation of Our Physical World

If Helen Czerski’s Storm in a Teacup is a whimsical explanation of how things work, Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters is more like a love letter to the materials which compose our world. Stuff Matters is not just delightful and easy to follow along, it’s simply enthralling. Scientific American’s description of Miodownik’s “infectious enthusiasm” for explaining the history and science of everyday materials is apt. CzerskiContinue reading “Materials Scientist Mark Miodownik’s Enthralling Explanation of Our Physical World”

Physicist Helen Czerski Reveals the Extraordinary Science Behind Everyday Life

“Why does milk, when added to tea, look like billowing storm clouds?” This is the question behind the title of physicist Helen Czerski’s Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life. Her fascinating explorations into ordinary occurrences are the perfect introduction to physics for the lay-reader. Her brief and engaging stories help link concepts likeContinue reading “Physicist Helen Czerski Reveals the Extraordinary Science Behind Everyday Life”