Physics Of Space And Computer Science Essay

1825 Words Mar 8th, 2016 8 Pages
Introduction
When I was young, my father would often take me outside on cool, dark nights with a telescope twice my height and point out various constellations. I was enthralled with what I saw, but when my father’s interest dimmed and these nights grew infrequent, I began to forget about the awe space had once inspired. As I grew older, I began to foster an interest in the sciences, specifically physics and chemistry. While for years my envisioned future career varied from veterinarian to author to everything in between, around the time I entered high school I remembered the passion those nights with my father had sparked so long ago, and my major seemed clear: astronomy, or as I later realized, astrophysics. Astrophysics branches off from astronomy to focus on the physical and chemical aspects of space and utilizes writing and computer science; it seemed perfect for me.
Methods
I began my research into Astrophysics by looking for current and past astrophysicists to interview. While I didn’t know any members personally, I had been a part of the Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) for almost a year, and multiple astronomers and hobbyists comprised the club. I emailed the RAC with a request for any current or former astrophysics to contact me if willing to participate in my study; the next day, I received an email from Ian Hewitt, an amateur astronomer. He didn’t have a degree in the field, but he referred me to three astrophysicists: Patrick Treuthardt, Rachel Smith, and Steven…

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