Writing

I enjoy writing about science for a popular audience. You can read my posts on my personal blog “Beautiful Stars“, and also on the Galaxy Zoo Blog, and the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys blog.

To date I have contributed to three published popular science books:

Pubilshed 16th March 2021: 30s Space Travel, my second book with Dr. Charles Liu (this time also with Allen Liu) in the Quarto Publishing Group’s popular “30 Second Book Series“.

While this was a collaborative project in the general pattern of scientific work, the parts I particularly worked on were:

  • Destinations Discovered
  • Action and Reactions
  • Astronautical Calculation
  • Biography: Katherine Johnson
  • Apollo to the Moon
  • The Space Shuttle
  • Biography: Sally Ride
  • Physical health effects of space travel
  • Protecting people from the dangers of space 
  • Everyday life in space 
  • The arts in space   
  • Glossary

Published 1st October 2019: 30s Universe, by Charles Liu, Karen Masters and Sevil Salur. A book in the Quarto Publishing Group’s popular “30 Second Book Series“. Here’s an article on the Haverford Website about my part in this “Karen Masters Explains the Universe

While this was a collaborative project in the general pattern of scientific work, the parts I particularly worked on were:

  • Profile: Henrietta Swan Leavitt
  • Ringing the Cosmic Bell: baryon acoustic oscillations
  • Light Breaks Free: cosmic microwave background
  • Profile: Hypatia
  • Matter Bright and Dark: the stuff of the universe, most of which is still a mystery
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion: physics is no longer merely earthly – it is universal
  • Galaxies: “island-universes,” one of which is our home
  • Stars: the primary producers of light in the universe
  • Between The Stars: Earth is just a big chunk of the interstellar medium
  • Galaxy Crash: hello Andromeda
  • Profile: Vera Rubin
  • Glossary

Available as an eBook: I wrote a Book Chapter about Mary Somerville, in the book “More Passion for Science; Journeys into the Unknown” which was the second anthology of biographies put out by the Ada Lovelace Day charity. You can read it free at the above link, or purchase the eBook in support of Ada Lovelace Day’s efforts to promote stories of women in science.

Book cover "More Passion for Science; Journeys into the Unknown"

You can read about my journey to learning about the awesome Mary Somerville on my blog from 2012, as well as my contributed post on her for the “Speaking Up for Us Blog“.

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