• Who am I?

    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.

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    I am married, have one kid (Nolan, born in 2012), almost-maybe-hopefully a PhD in physics, and a dream of writing.  Through my writing I want to inspire others to examine, appreciate, and savour physics the way I do. I’ve been saying for years that I want to find a way to use writing in my future career, and at first I thought my best bet was writing textbooks. I am glad I got drawn into the blogosphere instead, because that could mean I’ll get to use some of my skills from my Bachelor’s Degree of Computer Science as well.

    I am a graduate student studying Physics at a university in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I’ve been in school for what feels like a very long time (I’m pretty sure I’ve said “Grade 30″ at some point, not sure how long ago that was or whether it was accurate then or if it applies now).  I have recently had to face the uncomfortable thought that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I was done. I considered academia, teaching in highschools, and oscillated between those two ideas for awhile because neither seemed to sit right with me. I may still pursue one or both of these paths at later times in my life, but right now this blog opportunity is so perfectly aligned with my desires that it would be foolish to ignore it.

    My current plan is to complete my dissertation on a geometric investigation of spin-1/2 particles (title yet to be hammered out) as soon as humanly possible, because I have other ideas beckoning me…!

    See also: About this Site or go back to About Me.