I believe that absolutely anyone can understand the universe.
That’s right. Anyone.
There are no exceptions in my book. And that’s why this blog exists.
Science at Your Doorstep is a place for absolutely anything you might want to learn about the cosmos.
This blog is about the science of the universe–astronomy. I’ll also delve into some satellite sciences that inform our understanding of astronomy, such as physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.
Here and there, I’ll take a step back with some very basic posts on understanding the scientific method and how science works in general.
Now and then, I may also dabble in seemingly unrelated subjects like the life sciences–we are all part of the cosmos, after all!
So who the heck am I, you ask?
My name is Emma. On all those applications for jobs and such, I have to select the option for “some college,” as I don’t have a degree yet…personally, quite embarrassing. Mental health has stood in my way. However, I plan to return to community college as soon as financially feasible and complete my Associate’s Degree in Physics. Then I hope to transfer to a four-year institution to achieve my Bachelor’s of Science in Astrophysics.
Further down the line, I hope to finish a PhD in cosmology! I’m passionate about everything to do with the wonders of the universe–from learning about them to writing about them.
I’m 24, by no means an expert. I consider myself a science communicator. I don’t claim to be an expert in any field—yet. I do claim to be an enthusiastic lifelong learner, which is all I believe anyone interested in science really needs to start out.
My experience with astronomy includes years of personal research, roughly a decade of showing children and parents the stars through my telescopes, several high school and college courses (astronomy, chemistry, physics, and calculus), and nearly ten years of administrating this blog.
Across all my pursuits, I hope to reach everyone.
My ultimate career goal is to become a professor and researcher at a four-year institution, where my primary audience will be adults. On the other end of the spectrum, my community outreach has primarily involved children. I’ve tried to use my own story of falling in love with the universe to inspire other youth to pursue science.
And here on this blog, my audience is the layperson, whatever the age group. People who are fascinated by the night skies—or by nature in general—but maybe aren’t sure how to take the first step. People who love looking, and are looking to understand.
If that’s you, you’ve come to the right place. I promise not to bog you down in technobabble, or to send you site-hopping all over the internet to figure out what I’m talking about. This blog is designed to slowly build on itself, every science page structured much like a school course, so that everything you need to understand a particular topic can be found elsewhere on my blog.
I have done this so that people who find my writing style accessible can find all the information they need in that same accessible style. However, you are always welcome and encouraged to seek out expert information on any subject you find here. I’m not an expert or a researcher–yet! –but what I am is a learner, a talker, and a writer.
And I have to admit…I’m a huge people person, so I look forward to meeting you all.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you around my blog!
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For my grandma
Who gave so much
And asked so little.
This is a science education blog written by a non-expert, so here’s some obligatory information on my sources!
Where textbooks have multiple editions, I try to use a relatively current one. When the core planned posts on any one subject have all been published, I plan to keep them all updated as frequently as possible with the most recent information available.
- Astronomy: Foundations of Astronomy by Michael A. Seeds & Dana Backmann
- Chemistry: Chemistry, published by Prentice Hall
- Physics: Physics: Principles and Problems, published by Glencoe and McGraw Hill
- Earth Science: Earth Science, published by McDougal Littell
- All Life Science Topics:
- Biology, published by Prentice Hall
- Ecology by William D. Bowman & Sally D. Hacker & Michael L. Cain
- Life in the Universe by Jeffrey Bennett & Seth Shostak, published by Pearson
- Introducing Paleontology: A Guide to Ancient Life by Patrick N. Wyse Jackson
- Geology: Essentials of Geology by Frederick K. Lutgens & Edward J. Tarbuck, published by Pearson and Prentice Hall
More sources to be added! These aren’t all of the science subjects I plan to cover, they’re just the ones I already own sources for. Once I’ve covered the basics for any of the above (and can fund additional personal research), you’ll see sources from science journals added, too.