- What inspired you to write your book and what need does it fill?
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing this book?
It can be fun and informative to create exercises based on published articles.
- Did you come across any unexpected challenges while writing? How is writing a book different than writing a journal article?
A textbook and an article are quite different. An article is supposed to be objective to a fault. Through the choice of topics and examples, the author has the freedom to inject into a text something of his or her personality, but not too much.
- Do you have any advice or suggestions for the aspiring physicist?
John Muir (a Badger) wrote something that stuck with me:
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
( My First Summer in the Sierra (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1911), on page 110 of the Sierra Club Books 1988 edition. http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/my_first_summer_in_the_sierra/chapter_6.aspx)
I encourage physics students to study everything (all aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, geoscience, astronomy...) and to consider various careers (academic research, entrepreneurship...).
- What are you reading now?
A snow storm of physics papers of course but I am also educating myself a bit about bioengineering, next generation sequencing,...
- What do you enjoy most about Madison?
Madison is a wonderful city full of interesting engaged people. Get out there!
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