Perfect Squares is a podcast made by 3 students from the Department of Physics at the University of York. Each month we interview a member of one of our research groups about the fascinating and groundbreaking physics that takes place here.
Our interviewees have expertise in the fields of Plasma Physics and Fusion, Nanophysics, Condensed Matter Theory, Nuclear Physics and Particle Astrophysics. Our aim, as students, is to share our passion and excitement for the most fundamental of the sciences with everyone.
We aim to have an episode out at some point every month. We also intend to throw occasional smaller releases into the feed, such as shorter interviews, video experiments and anything which we think might be interesting.
Emma is a physics evangelist. She can often be found knocking on innocent people’s doors asking if they’ve taken the latest advances in black hole thermodynamics into their hearts. She is from Essex, but don’t worry, the only weapon she escaped with is calculus. And she uses it neither wisely nor compassionately. She studies experimental physics and has strong interests in dark matter, dark energy and gravity.
Ben broke the quarantine barriers of Selby 10 years ago after the locals chopped off his arms and legs and he crawled to York on his tongue to study Astrophysics. He has a bizarre attraction to radio telescopes and can’t walk past a satellite dish without getting mildly excited. He has particular interests in the field of galaxy evolution, large scale structure and orbitting teapots. He also speaks fluent Argos. He is only involved in Perfect Squares to get half an hour a month or so of free tuition.
Simon: What can we say about Simon? You should take him seriously…No, you really should! Despite his placid demeanor he can solve a partial differential equation at twenty paces and doesn’t suffer media students gladly. He studies Theoretical Physics and is interested in all things tiny….Nanophysics, graphene and the IQ of those who read Heat magazine. He can often be found spraying Schrodinger’s Equations onto bus shelters and disused buildings. Oh and by the way, he’s from Barnsley…but we don’t usually mention that.
Phil is the sound man, man. Joining us from episode 2 onwards he is the Perfect Squares vaccine against background hiss, fluffed lines, long pauses and expletives. Phil is a final year Music Technology student in York’s Department of Electronics.