Quark Twain here, thrilled to join the Physics Buzz blog team as the new APS science writing intern. I hail from New York City via Swarthmore College where I enjoyed four years playing music and ultimate frisbee while studying Physics and English literature in the odd hours. Before landing at the Physics Buzz, I wrote about the proteins guarding the circadian rhythm and boa constrictor viruses among other hot biomedical research findings for the Bulletin and News at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
I got hooked on physics while doing time at the lab bench:
- Shooting lasers at nanodiamonds to study electron spins flippy-flopping.
- Building a super-resolution microscope to take pretty pictures.
- Vaporizing iron and silicon with an electron beam to create new materials for quantum computing.
In homage to fundamental particles and the literary luminary, I have adopted Quark Twain as my blogger nom de plume. As you may know, Mark Twain was also a pseudonym for one Samuel Clemens, a 19th century newspaperman turned literati. Twain (Mark) chose this name from his days working on a steamboat on the Mississippi where the sailors’ shout, “mark twain,” meant that the river was 2 fathoms deep (about 12 feet). As it turned out, M.Twain himself dabbled in science and held patents for a self-pasting scrapbook and a strap that connected the collar and vest to replace those pesky suspenders. Should I be so lucky as to write about such inventions now-a-days.
For the scientific literati of Physics Buzz, as Quark Twain, I hope to make physics a bit more fathomable.
The Mark Twain House and Museum
Niemann, Paul and Kevin Cordtz. Invention Mysteries: The Little-Known Stories behind Well-Known Inventions.