By Stevie

“Here’s some stuff I like. Here’s some stuff I don’t like so much.”

Hello there. I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of my credentials, just so you know that I’m not some random loon jabbering about physics as I dreamed it last night. I delayed doing this, I kinda hate it, but I understand you need to know I’m legit. (Not to toot my own horn, but here we go… toot, toot.)

Here’s the deal: I studied physics at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, primarily, but also spent a year at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, and had a summer research fellowship at Caltech in Pasadena, California. While at Smith, I worked with Gary Felder on several cosmology research projects, including one on the string theory landscape and one on gravitational waves (which produced a paper). I graduated with honors in physics, and a minor in astrophysics (with Suzan Edwards). (My honors thesis was entitled, “Study of Non-minimally Coupled Inflation of the Early Universe Using Phase Portraits and Poincare Maps.”)

While in college I tutored just about non-stop, both for Smith College and privately. I found that in explaining physics my own understanding deepened and expanded, and I enjoyed nothing more than helping students learn new concepts they never thought they could grasp. Man, I loved teaching physics — still do! which is why I have this blog, really…

Currently, I am living and working in Washington, DC. I’m spending my intervening years between undergrad and graduate school doing something completely different, which has taught me an important lesson: never ignore your passions. Indeed, I’m missing my physics-centric life pretty terribly. So, without further blather, it’s time to get back on that wagon!

P.S. Questions? Concerns? You can email me at:


1 Response to “the author, for beginners.”

  1. 1 Ed
    April 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Hey Amanda — Let me throw you a question that always bugs me. I’m not a physicist and don’t want to get into equations and theory. When I read non-technical explanations of quantum physics, what it looks like is a lot of nice theory, or even philosophy, which seems to depend on experimental evidence that doesn’t reach me. Like it’s impossible to explain how physical equipment could detect the super tiny/fast or faster than light actions of single particles. I don’t see anyone trying to answer the obvious question of how that sort of thing works.

    All the best, Ed

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