Physics is one of the three core natural sciences, concerned with all physical phenomena and the properties of energy and matter. From the fall of an apple from a tree, to theories concerning the expansion of our universe, physicists have sought to explain how and why things occur. Learning Physics at school level and beyond can open up myriad career paths and opportunities. Famous physicists include engineers, designers and research academics such as Stephen Hawking, who advanced the theory of ‘supergravity’ and has done pioneering work in the field of quantum mechanics.
Physics has a reputation for being a formidable and challenging science, perhaps inaccessible to most people beyond a basic level. On the other hand, from Back to the Future to the Apollo movies and Dr Who, it is the science most frequently exploited by the art world, particularly books, film and TV. It is easy to see why; a lot of textbook physics can be brought to life by blockbuster cinematics, white knuckled action and compelling plot-lines.
This stems from the fact that the study of Physics seeks to understand the laws of nature and reality, often uncovering mind-boggling possibilities and potential development for the human race. As highly perceptive beings, it doesn’t take much to ignite our intrigue and wonder about the physical world around us both seen and unseen, from the universe to quantum mechanics, antimatter and much more. It is testament to the widespread appeal of Physics that scientists such as Dr Brian Cox, who can present these complex theories in a simplified and engaging way, can reach celebrity status and earn a spot on prime time TV with thought-provoking and visually stunning programmes.
In light of this, many students from a young age have a deep, innate interest in Physics but are deterred by limited exam courses and uninspired teaching. Receiving the right academic support and encouragement can nurture and motivate budding Physicists to realise their full potential and go on to be at the forefront of research within this exciting discipline.