Coming from humble origins,
the protagonist in these memoirs was completely innocent of the
fact that like all human endeavors, physics is often strongly
influenced by politics. In reading the biographies of famous
physicists like Einstein, one often ends up with the feeling
that physicists are above petty politics. However, even great
physicists get caught up in the politics that often exists in
their own laboratories.
There is often a certain
amount of tribulation associated with obtaining advanced degrees
in physics and I was not without my own tribulations. I attempt
to explain the various steps involved in obtaining a Ph.D. in
physics in various countries around the English-speaking world.
Early on in my career I was
advised to find one area in physics and stick with it. Many
physicists earn renown by finding a solitary avenue of research
that is of interest to them. However, true to form, I sampled a
large spectrum of physics ranging all the way from Geophysics,
to Low Temperature Physics, to Solid State Physics and
Biophysics. Along the way I have also sampled aspects of Nuclear
Physics and Reactor Physics.
Put in simple terms I have
been a jack of all trades and master of none. This, I believe,
is partly due to the fact that I truly love all physics. The
results of science and, in particular physics, are all around us
to see and use. Many people seem to be interested in learning a
bit of physics as well as a bit about physicists. In a way, this
little volume is unique because it is a mixture of concepts in
physics, and the vagaries of everyday life that affect us all,
whether we are physicists or not.
About the Author
On a small island off the coast of Cape Breton, a young man of
French Acadian origins, a high school dropout, set out to find
his place in the world. After graduating with a Ph.D. from the
University of Toronto, he ended up at Chalk River Laboratories
doing research in pure physics.
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