You Can Be The Next Einstein – Author Interview

You Can Be The Next Einstein

This book aims at encouraging young people of school age to think about becoming a theoretical scientist. Using the well-known theorist Albert Einstein as a role model, the author uses his own experiences to explain what it’s all about. There are funny stories describing hilarious goings on in scientific conferences, a great deal of advice about how to go about getting interested in such a career, and even more advice about how to develop the art (for it is an art) of doing science properly.

George Jaroszkiewicz

Would you like to great things like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Sheldon Cooper….?

What? Sheldon Cooper? Isn’t he a science nerd in that hit comedy show The Big Bang Theory?

Of course, he’s just a fictitious character. But the writers of that show got it right – I mean, the sort of science that Sheldon is interested in and does brilliantly. That’s not fantasy. It’s all true. There really are loads of young people, not much older than yourself, who are working on amazing theories such as the ones Sheldon is shown working on. Wouldn’t you like to spend your time thinking about black holes, the Big Bang, time machines, the beginning and the end of Time, and many more weird and fabulous ideas? What’s more, you can be paid to do it and have a decent life meeting many amazing people from all around this world.

My book says: YOU can become one of those people, IF you set your mind to it and plan your life properly. In my book I describe the events that pushed me into becoming a theoretical scientist, starting at school.

There’s a few points I need to make here.

Point Number One: it really doesn’t matter who you are right now. Rich or poor, boy or girl (or not sure!), the colour of your skin, your religion (if you have one!), your ethnicity (look at my name!), doing brilliantly in exams or flunking out. None of these can stop you if you make the effort. And it’s surely worth it. I’ve really enjoyed being a theoretical scientist.

Point Number Two: I imagine you don’t like mathematics. So what? I don’t like having to go to the bathroom every morning. But that’s all part of life. There’s always something we don’t like to do but we do them. If you wanted to be in a band, you would have to spend an awful lot of time practicing your act. If you wanted to be an international footballer, you would have to spend everyday training. So, if you want to be a theoretical scientist, you just train yourself in maths. It’s not easy to start with, but bit by bit you can do it. I’ve got a whole chapter in my book showing you that anyone can do the most amazing calculation with just a little bit of patience. All you need to know is that one plus one is two. Not hard, is it?

Point Number Three: perhaps you haven’t done well in exams. Perhaps people have told you are useless. Well, I’ve got news for you and them. I’ve met all sorts of students. Some of them passed their exams so well they broke my Maths Department computer. It was programmed to give marks up to 99. When a student got 100 percent, the output was just **. That really happened. Then there were students who just could not sit an exam and get much more than 40% (the pass mark). I found that some of the brilliant students had NO ambition whatsoever and some of the 40% people were desperate to become theorists.

Who do you think ended up in a better place? Not the robots who passed every exam brilliantly but had no idea what to do with that power. Some of the 40% people improved and went onto great careers. If you have the drive, the belief in yourself, the motivation, then you can set out on the life’s journey I’m talking about. What’s at the other end is unimportant. What’s important is that the journey will be so fascinating. You will become a clearer thinker and you will do great things with your mind. But that’s only if you really choose to. In my book, I try to help you make that choice.

About the Author

George Jaroszkiewicz became fascinated in astronomy at school and started a first degree in Astrophysics. Within a year he changed to Mathematical Physics and got a degree in that subject. Then he did a PhD in high energy particle theory (quarks and stuff). Finally, he got a permanent job as a mathematical physicist in a mathematics department.

He has published research papers and books on various branches of theoretical physics, including classical and quantum mechanics, discrete time, and the theory of observation.

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