There is an explanation for everything; We may not know it yet but there will be one if you keep trying to understand it under the light of science.

There is an explanation for everything; We may not know it yet but there will be one if you keep trying to understand it under the light of science.

Prof Mauro Ferreira

Theoretical Physicist, Associate Professor

Can you explain what it is you do for a living?

As a theoretical physicist, I model the physical world in mathematical terms. No matter how complex a problem, there is always a way to model it mathematically. My job is to come up with the models and solve whatever problems I am faced with.  

As a university professor, I carry out research in physics and spread the word about the progress in the field. I do this by participating in conferences, writing scientific publications and, most importantly, by teaching students.

It sounds like you have a passion for your work. 

Yes. There is an explanation for everything. We may not know the explanation yet but there will be one if we keep trying to understand it under the light of science.

How did you decide that this was what you wanted to do?

I always loved maths and the opportunity to use maths to describe the physical world appealed to me from a very young age. Physics was the subject that offered me that possibility and I have never regretted the career choice that I made.    

Are there many opportunities for people considering careers in science?

Because science is so incredibly versatile, you can go in whatever direction you want. I know scientists working in industrial labs, working as teachers, even as financial analysts. The bottom line is this: a degree in science opens the doors to a wide range of careers. So, my advice is to look for something that you are passionate about and you will find a branch of science that suits you.

Dart of Physics Blog

Tweets

Tweet @dartofphysics