The Royal Society

Meat the team – Invisibility science

Posted by on 5 July 2011

Professor Ulf Leonhardt’s full profile can be found on the Scientist page

The rest of the team for this exhibit include…

Dr Simon Horsley, University of St Andrews
If you could go back in time which scientist would you like to meet and what would you ask them?
Einstein: It’s an obvious choice, but nearly everything he produced has a unbelievable beauty about it. He also had interesting things to say about politics and philosophy. I’d need some help, but I’d like to tell him about the progress physicists have made in understanding his theory of gravity, and ask him where he thinks we’ve gone wrong!

Dr Susanne Kehr, University of St Andrews
What is the first science you remember doing?
I remember that my older brother had an electronics and optics kit when we were young – but I was not allowed to play with it. Still, sometimes I sneaked in his room and tried to figure out how it works. I am afraid, I was not very good at it, but it surely fascinated me. I was not a very inventive child. But I really liked puzzles like the Rubik’s Cube – I am not sure if these games are science, but they are certainly connected.

Joanna McLenaghan, University of St Andrews
What inspired you to become a scientist?
My parents were very encouraging, Christmas presents were often sets of magnets or mini electronic kits. Also every year on holiday we would visit a science museum in Wales. I discovered from these things that the universe is a surprising and fascinating place and that trying to figure it out can be great fun.

Sahar Sahebdivan, University of St Andrews
What advice would you give a school child who is interested in science?
The key word in science is the word “Why”, and it is the word that distinguishes a living mind from a dead one; a free man from a robot. I just want to say it is always worthy enough to experience the immense joy of understanding.

Professor Tomas Tyc, Masaryk University
What is it like being a scientist?
Being a scientist is great. It is fun to understand the laws of physics that govern our everyday life, and it is also a great adventure to discover the principles beyond things like light, atoms or gravity. And as every discovery brings a whole bunch of new questions, this adventure will never end.