Take a look around you. Look at that table, at that chair, at that glass of water, at those paintings in the wall… Or maybe you are simply walking through nature, surrounded by plants, and soil, and buzzing animals; or by snow and breathtaking northern lights… Look at the very same screen that is showing you these letters. Look at yourself…
Did you know that everything you see, and so much more you don’t, is made from the same set of particles? The chair you sit on, the water you drink, the air you breathe and even the light you see. All of those things completely different from each other. All of them unique. And yet, only a bunch of elementary particles, less than twenty as far as we know, suffices to create such an infinite variety.
I have two passions in life: writing and research, both motivated by the satisfaction of my curiosity.
I like to write because it allows me to create new worlds I had not thought about before, as well as transmit knowledge and feelings in initially unimaginable ways. If you are wondering how can we satisfy our own curiosity by writing, then maybe you are looking for some examples. I invite you to visit a poetry blog I own (in Spanish) called particulasdepoesia, where I have posted several science-related poems, such as one about neutrinos, another about our galaxy or even one about the number π.
But as much as I love writing, curiosity can only be truly pleased by looking for answers, that is, by doing research. I enjoy science because it brings me the opportunity to understand the world I live in and how it—and the little, insignificant and yet important creatures that populate it—behaves. And that is what amazes me more than anything else: how a teeny-tiny cell can become curious about its own existence, and its own body, while sparkling in wonder.