With Halloween fast approaching, I’ve been taking a look at some of the spookiest physics out there for my MSc science communication and public engagement placement. From the story of an inventor on a quest to discover the source of his laboratory’s “haunting”, to chilling solutions to the Fermi Paradox and even questions about the nature of the universe itself (hint: it may not be real), these stories show the creepy side of the physics found in textbooks around the world.
It’s been a fascinating experience finding connections between science and the supernatural, so I hope you enjoy the results!
While studying here as a visiting student from Brown University, USA, Ruixi Seet decided to expand her skills by volunteering with the Physics Outreach Team.
What attracted you to the role of Physics Outreach Team volunteer?
As an exchange student, I was in search of extracurricular activities which would enable me to productively spend time outside of academia and explore my interest in physics outreach, as well as get to know local communities in Edinburgh. The Physics Outreach Team was perfect for fulfilling these goals. Both at my home institution and at The University of Edinburgh, it seems that applications for extracurricular activities tend to be fairly competitive. As the process to join the Physics outreach team was more accessible and relaxed – it was just a genuine get-to-know-your-interest-in-STEM-outreach exchange – this was a breath of fresh air.