I am an academic, author and theoretical physics student at the University of Nottingham. On the long road to a PhD, I am currently working toward my Masters in Mathematical Physics. Currently, I focus mainly in string theory (and quantum field theory), with an interest crystallising particularly in non-perturbation theory. Outside of my primary area of focus, I also have many interests across theoretical physics, including theoretical particle physics in addition to growing interest in such other areas as particle cosmology.
Since I was young I’ve had a broad and far-reaching interest in physical science, and that includes an ongoing and deep-seated enthusiasm for astrophysics, especially theoretical astrophysics. One of my first major science projects was on aerodynamics when I was 13, and it was one of several early moments where theory and physical science would coalesce to form a resounding sense of curiosity. I am also very much involved in and engaged with mathematics more generally, studying widely and intensely almost anything I get my hands on. Having taught myself calculus when I was younger, and then self-learned higher maths/physics to a post-graduate/doctorate level prior to more formal study at university, in my spare time I continue to enjoy working through various mathematical concepts and physical proofs from first principles. There is something in thinking about maths and all of its connections that excites me. But in my free time my interests also include other areas, such as mathematical biology, and I also remain very much engaged with the sciences more broadly – from cognitive science and psychology to microbiology – studying and sometimes writing in these fields.
During my youthful reading, well before my formal pursuit of a PhD in theoretical physics, I also spent significant time heavily focused on philosophy and social science, including study on the philosophy of science and knowledge. Expanding this interest to almost every region of philosophical space, over time I began to develop concentrated study at the intersection of human society, human behaviour, epistemology and ethics. In recognition of these pursuits, I was offered opportunities to lecture at university and was once awarded a teaching-scholar position in philosophy of science at the Institute for Transnational Studies. In 2016, as a result of my developing a cross-disciplinary research programme in the area of human and social sciences, I had a book published by Springer Nature / Palgrave titled Society and Social Pathology: A Framework for Progress (2017). It is a critical book very much belonging to the enlightenment tradition, with particular emphasis in the area of social psychology and development drawing from a multitude of disciplines. The book has been promoted as “the most comprehensive” to date.
All of these interests and pursuits have led, to date, to my publishing ~100 academic articles across a variety of specialisms, from history and anthropology to psychology, epistemology and philosophy of science. But my main focus remains on my maths and physics, my pursuit of a PhD, and more extendedly my ongoing and long-term research in theoretical particle physics.
I have a high-functioning form of Asperger’s. With this, I experience many daily difficulties, some of which I am still learning about. Communication is something that does not come easy for me. Writing is also incredibly difficult for my brain, and after years of practice, it remains something I am trying to learn and to become better at. This blog is a place where I can practice writing and communicating ideas.
My different blogs were also created as a space for me to document some of my interests, studies, and scholarship in a range of areas. The content is a mixture of formal publications and informal essays as well as personal notes and blog articles, with my new general reading blog offering a selection of some older writings mixed in with more recent pieces. I have written piles and piles of essays and articles over the years on such subjects as epistemology, anthropology, social theory, history, the enlightenment philosophes, psychology, science and the scope of knowledge, among many other things. My general reading blog is a space to share some of these works, as and when I see fit to publish them. It is also a space to think about research from a variety of disciplines, and how they might connect. My particle physics blog, Scattering Amplitudes, will be the most active; but I also plan to write about mathematics (and its history) from time to time.
If you would like to know more about me, I have written a rough and unedited autobiographical essay that among other things describes a bit about my life so far, including personal stories such as the time when I taught myself calculus. It also offers some brief if not rudimentary reflections in relation to my early work and studies. I have also written a rough and admittedly explorative essay on living with Asperger’s, should you find it of interest.