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Origin of the Blog:
I think that one of the biggest influencers in my life and the very person who lit the spark in me to chase science, like for many for other people, was the famous thinker, lecturer, and recreational safe-cracker, Richard Feynman. Through reading his lectures and hearing his interviews, I discovered that science can be the most beautiful and exciting story ever told. Not only that but it's story which demands and necessitates that it be told and shared for science withers in isolation and silence. At the same time, however, science lectures can be dreadful, they can seem bland and esoteric, and if shared in the wrong way to the wrong audience, it can seemingly lose its beauty entirely. We've all been in a science class where our minds trail off and we dull out the voice of the speaker only to daydream about something else--maybe our own scientific questions about why things look the way they do or what it really means to see in color.
While I was an undergraduate student and even now as a PhD student, I have always tried to write-up in latex imaginary lectures about the new and mind-blowing lessons I learned about how the world works. Although there was no audience (except for my poor lab-mates who I forced to read them), I imagined a less-technical audience that I could write to focusing on the beauty of the concept and less on the math or the rigorous proof. While I had compiled them, I never shared them previously outside this my research group and it makes sense to do so. Even if no one finds them or reads them here, It would make me happier to know the story of science is shared and with a chance someone may learn from them as opposed to the lectures being locked away in zeros and ones only to disappear entirely when the drives they are stored on get outdated.
For this reason, I have started the science blog "The Universe in A Glass of Wine" to share these types of lectures and to present new concepts I have learned in a light way. It's physics explained simply.