About Dr Helen Klus and The Star Garden

I am interested in the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, and have spent the last few years studying philosophy and physics.

I have a BSc in Astronomy and Philosophy (2006) from the University of Sheffield, a MA in Philosophy of Physics (2008) from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Physics (2015) from the University of Southampton.

My MA involved studying the scientific method, the history of science, and the philosophy of modern physics.

My dissertation was on the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

I studied the magnetic fields of neutron stars during my PhD. These may be the highest magnetic fields in the universe and are described by quantum field theory.

You can contact me by email or by leaving a comment below. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Photograph of Dr Helen Klus at the Radcliffe telescope.

I used the 1.9-m (Radcliffe) South African Astronomical Observatory telescope to measure the size of visible discs around stars. Image credit: Helen Klus/CC-NC-SA.

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The Star Garden

I run science news and education website The Star Garden. This contains a timeline of the universe, with links to related articles. These are split into two categories: News and Science.

News contains articles discussing recent scientific findings and events.

Science contains How we came to know the cosmos. This is split into three categories that cover the history of science from prehistoric times to the modern day. These are in rough chronological order, illustrating how each new discovery built on what was known before.

  • Space & Time charts our understanding of space from the invention of constellations, to Einstein's theories of relativity, the discovery of the big bang, and our exploration of the universe.

  • Light & Matter charts our understanding of light and matter from arguments that atoms are particles and light is made of waves, to the understanding that everything can display properties of both.

  • Mind & Multiverse charts our understanding of human consciousness. We now think that the mind is a biological object that obeys the same laws of physics as everything else in the universe. This has interesting implications for quantum mechanics.

Most of the Star Garden is licensed under a Creative Commons License, you can read more about this here.

Last updated on 5th June 2017 by Dr Helen Klus

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The Star Garden is a science news and science education website run by Dr Helen Klus.

How we came to know the cosmos covers the history of physics focusing on space and time, light and matter, and the mind. It explains the simple discoveries we made in prehistoric times, and how we built on them, little by little, until the conclusions of modern theories seem inevitable. This is shown in a timeline of the universe.

The Star Garden covers the basics for KS3, KS4, and KS5 science revision including SATs, GCSE science, and A-level physics.