Tom is a graduate student at the University of Arizona.
He works on galaxy clusters and weak gravitational lensing.
We asked Tom a few more questions, here’s what he had to say…
What motivates / inspires you?
I love the feeling of knowing something for the first time. Not just the first time for me, but the first time for all of humanity’s history. When I finally arrive at a result that I know is correct, and I’m the first one to see it, I am extremely humbled knowing that I get to contribute this nugget of information to the world.
Any advice for aspiring scientists?
Two things: keep on reading, and keep on asking questions. Knowledge is hidden in books (surprise!), scientific journal articles, and online. The more you read, the more you absorb, allowing you to find your path amongst the sciences. Also, keep asking questions when you get stumped. Scientists love teaching others and your peers and colleagues are there to help you out! Have no shame in figuring things out :).
Any other fun facts that you’d like to share with our public audience.
The only difference between a microscope and telescope is which way they point.