The Silhouette Emerges

“Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope” – Theodore Roszac

“The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible” – Ray Bradbury

 

Science is beautiful. It is the epitome of exploration, the foundation of knowledge. It is the quest to discover the world around us, and it is an unparalleled amalgam of imagination and painstaking detail. But often that beauty is shrouded by lengthy equations and technical jargon.

This blog is about the other side of science – the personal, the emotional, the artistic. I want to highlight what science means to me, the way it affects our everyday lives, and what it says about our place in the world. Richard Feynman once said, “Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry”. I hope to illuminate as much of that fabric as possible… and I hope you enjoy!

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Welcome Back!

            Greetings everyone, and welcome back to the Silhouette of Science after a 3 year (has it really been that long?!?!) hiatus. I know it’s no excuse but life has been pretty busy since getting back from CERN. Sophomore, Junior and Senior year flew by. Maybe I was just kind of …

Popular Science Articles

Quantum Cryptography: An Uncertain Future for Information Security

Recent cyber attacks have caused concern over the state of information security, but quantum key distribution promises to revolutionize public key cryptography and reconfigure the relationship between code makers and code breakers…

So Many Stars…So Many Planets? The Prospects of Planet Formation in Multistellar Systems

Roughly half of the stars in the night sky belong to multiple-star systems. Drs. Debra Fischer and Ji Wang of the Yale Astrophysics Department find that this stellar multiplicity inhibits the formation of planets.

Face Lifts for Skin Cells: Fast Cell Cycles Lead to Efficient Reprogramming

Yale Researcher Shangqin Guo finds that speeding up cells’ cycles increases the rate at which they reprogram to stem cells.

The Emerging Role of Urgent Care: How Medicade is Changing Healthcare Delivery

A study conducted in Oregon reveals that Medicaid increases emergency room visits. Yale Professor of Public Health Howard Forman discusses the effects this could have on healthcare delivery models.

About Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a first year graduate student at Stanford, pursuing a PhD in Theoretical Physics. I recently completed my bachelor’s of science at Yale University, where I studied Physics, Math, and Philosophy. I see Physics as the framework of our universe, an effort to make order out of chaos. It helps me to find meaning.

My passion for physics fuels my research on quantum information, and its connections to condensed matter physics. It also gets me involved in a ton of cool projects in machine learning, image processing, and even writing a Quantum Computing framework for the Wolfram language!

As an undergraduate, I conducted research at CERN as part of the Yale ATLAS High Energy Physics Group, at the Yale Quantum Institute, and at the illustrious Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Canada. Who knows where physics will take me next!

In my free time, you might find me rock climbing, shooting hoops friends, or reading a Kurt Vonnegut novel. When I’m not thinking about the quantum world, I play the acoustic guitar and love nothing more than spending time with my family!

Please send any questions, comments, or article suggestions to jamarks@stanford.edu.