Profile
Edoardo Vescovi
Curriculum Vitae

Current Job
Postdoctoral researcher 
Employer
Imperial College London

The most exciting thing that's happened this year in my research area:
My research is of theoretical nature, more similar to mathematics than physics, with no laboratory equipment involved. While not directly related to mine, a great achievement for theoretical research was the detection of gravitational waves, “ripples” of space that originate from collisions of giant astronomical bodies, much like circular waves travel on the surface of a pond. Gravitational waves have been elusive for a century since their prediction and are often said to be the last prediction of Einstein’s gravitational theory to be observed.

My latest work:
I am a theoretical physicist working on simple models of the complex system of nature, at the intersection of mathematics and physics. It is all about simple models of particles that do not directly relate to matter in our universe, but they are simple enough to test and develop mathematical tools that could be used to study matter one day. For example, in these toy models we know how to calculate the force between charged particles and the energy emitted by them in the form of light, all this from little input and few basic mathematical rules. The dream is that a simple description can be possible for our universe as well.
Very loosely speaking, in some of these toy models I have recently derived a formula for the light emission of an accelerated particle and a formula for the attraction of baryons (particles qualitatively similar to protons in atomic nuclei).

My favourite misconception about my area of science:
Many people struggle to grasp how research works in general. I usually have to explain that physics is not nuclear physics and it can be done with calculators and no lab coat.

My profile link:
https://ias.im/u.220009