I think it is safe to say that most of you have no idea who I am. I’m not an esteemed academic or an established science communicator. And while I previously aimed to be the former, I would now much rather work to become the latter. Armed with a recently earned PhD in astrophysics, I decided to start blogging my way into the science communication world. ‘Dinner Party Science’* was born about a month and a half ago; I figured a good way to extend my readership beyond my facebook friends would be to transfer the blog to Nature Network. So, here I am.
I like to write about somewhat curious science facts that, while not being necessarily useful, are at least interesting and entertaining. (Maybe this is because astronomy, my science of choice, doesn’t have many practical applications.) I’ll write about things that you could potentially talk about at a dinner party as a way of impressing or amusing your guests. The first post I wrote on my previous website (copied below) will give you a better idea about this concept:
This blog’s inspiration is a Portuguese expression: “desbloqueador de conversa” (literally, conversation unblocker). Something you say at a dinner party when silence kicks in or when some of the people at the table are having a heated argument and ruining the atmosphere. A snappy way of changing the topic of conversation: “Did you know that the penis of the blue whale can be 8 feet long?”. Go figure, my favourite ones are related to science. Actually, what I find interesting is the science behind the fact so that is what I plan to write about. Use it if you need it.
To that I would like to add that, while I would like this blog to be about science in general, you may find that I am particularly inclined to post about astronomy as that is the only science I can claim to know anything about. Science that is somehow related to food or drink will also be a preferred topic. It’s a dinner party after all!
*This blog is inspired in name by the brilliant Cocktail Party Physics.