Welcome! I’m a physicist, science writer, public speaker, educator, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. I love the wonderful Universe we inhabit — its black holes, galaxies, planets, and marvelous zoo of particles, with all the ways they interact — and if I can convey some of that love in my writing, I have done my job. My science blog is Galileo’s Pendulum, I have appeared in comics form as Pluto’s moon Nix, and I was listed as one of 2015’s Most Stylish Scientists by Future-Ish.
My Writing Portfolio page contains a complete list of my publications. Over the past four years, I have contributed to Slate, Ars Technica, The Daily Beast, NOVA, Aeon, Symmetry, Scientific American, and many more. My work has also appeared in print in Physics World and Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine. Additionally, I write about planetary science, climate change, physics, and math for the Forbes blog network. Brief introductions to my latest articles are linked in the list in the right column. Additionally, I sometimes teach and organize classes in astronomy and cosmology for CosmoAcademy.
- Email: MatthewFrancis@GalileosPendulum.org
- On Twitter: @DrMRFrancis
- On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Galileos-Pendulum
- Google+ profile
- Tumblr: http://bowlerhatscience.tumblr.com/
- LinkedIn profile
- My resume (PDF format)
- My curriculum vitae (PDF format)
I’m also available for interviews, podcasts, public speaking engagements, and other activities.
Representative writing samples
- What is life? (feature story in Mosaic Science)
- The Dawn of a New Era in Science (news feature in The Atlantic on the detection of gravitational waves by LIGO)
- The Milky Way’s Place in the Spacious Heavens (news analysis in The Daily Beast)
- The quiet search for dark matter deep underground (feature article/personal travel narrative for Ars Technica)
- Do we live in a 10-dimensional hologram? (analysis in Slate)
- If you love a flower found on a star (blog post)