Currently: Professor of physics
Expertise: Physics & Astronomy
Interests: Quantum Mechanics
My name is Philip Moriarty and I’m a professor of physics at the University of Nottingham, a father of three, and a Rushphile.
Let’s deal with the pachyderm in the playpen right now so we get it out of the way and can relax. Yes, I’m saddled with the Prof. Moriarty moniker. But I’ve never been that enamoured of the binomial theorem. And I’m fairly certain that I’ve kept those hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind under control over the years.
My ORCID profile, which lists publications, grants, and career history, is at http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9926-9004. I work with a fantastic bunch of researchers in the Nanoscience Group and we spend our days imaging, interrogating and influencing the basic building blocks of matter — single atoms and molecules — using scanning probe microscopes.
I also collaborate with the exceptionally talented and remarkably prolific Brady Haran for the Sixty Symbols YouTube channel (and occasionally for Numberphile, and even more occasionally, for Periodic Videos).
Representative list of recent talks and public engagement events.
- TEDxDerby March 2014 -- "Guilty Confessions of a YouTube Physicist". See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvgomEfQfKc
- ~ 60 Sixty Symbols videos (from 2009 onwards) including "Why is glass transparent?", "Do atoms touch?", "The science of drumming", "Do physicists believe in god?", and "Coffee Mechanics". See www.youtube.com/sixtysymbols
-- "I'm a scientist...Get me out of here" 2015. Terbium Zone.
-- "When The Uncertainty Principle Goes Up to 11" (on the links between quantum physics and heavy metal). Various venues.
-- "The Wow! and Woo of Quantum Physics". Talk for student-led symposia at a variety of venues.
- Skeptics In The Pub 2015/2016 -- Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent. (Upcoming: Maidstone, Cheltenham). "The Wow! and Woo of Quantum Physics"
- Pint Of Science launch event, London, March 2016
- Pint of Science, "Making The Future" event. Nottingham May 24 2016 "Can we do 3D printing with atoms?"
- "The power and perils of peer review in public". 4th International Conference on Research Integrity, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 2015
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