I have been fortunate enough to be accepted as a blogger for this fantastic site, and I am looking forward to the coming weeks and months. Newbie-writers is a source of inspiration and support for many writers – both newbies and ‘veterans’ – and to be able to contribute in some small way is a pleasure.
For my first post, I thought I would just introduce myself briefly. My name is Jim Grange, and I am a PhD student researching in the field of Cognitive Psychology. I have a fair amount of writing experience during the course of my studies, but I recently set out on a mission to start writing general interest pieces for the layperson.
Science is my passion. I love all aspects of the scientific process, and I want to share my passion with the world (OK, perhaps just a few people who may happen to stumble over one of my articles, but hey, it’s a start)! Fiction has never grabbed me in the same way that science writing has. What I particularly love about popular science material is that quite often, truth is stranger than fiction.
For example – just from physics literature alone – which of the following do you think is physically impossible theoretically:
- Time travel
- Single atoms being in more than one place at a time
- There are more than 4 dimensions (up-down, left-right, forwards-backwards, and time)
- The atoms in your body disappearing as a whole, and reforming the other side of Mars
You may be thinking “All of them, Jim!”. But the beauty is, they are ALL theoretically possible!! Time travel is not only allowed by Einstein’s Special and General Relativity, it INSISTS that it happens all the time (in fact, geo-positional satellites that communicate with your mobile phones and GPS have to compensate for time travel every few seconds in order to work)! You will have to look out for future articles from me to read about the rest in more detail. But you get the point, there is so much weirdness and wonder in the world in which we actually live, I have never felt the urge to get lost in a fantasy world. But we are all different, and that’s fantastic!
Over my next few blogs, I hope to be able to share some of my writing experiences with you. Academic writing is very different to the writing I am engaging in now, so I am a newbie also. Let’s all learn from eachother’s experiences!
I look forward to writing for you soon. Until then, keep writing!
P.S. My academic website can be found here: http://jimgrange.web.officelive.com/default.aspx