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The Star Garden

The Star Garden is run by Dr Helen Klus. It contains science news and educational articles that cover the history of physics from prehistoric times to the modern day. This is shown in a timeline of the universe.

The non-fiction books How We Came to Know the Cosmos: Space & Time and How We Came to Know the Cosmos: Light & Matter are freely available to read online at TheStarGarden.co.uk. They are also available as eBooks and will be sold in print later this year.

Photograph of Dr Helen Klus at the Radcliffe telescope.

Dr Helen Klus at the 1.9-m (Radcliffe) SAAO telescope. Image credit: Helen Klus/CC-NC-SA.

The How We Came to Know the Cosmos series describes complex modern theories from first principles, illustrating how each new discovery built on what was known before.

They show that the cosmos is both strange and beautiful in whichever direction we look. And the more we learn, the more intriguing it becomes. We now know things that nobody could have guessed, things that have changed our entire understanding of what it means to be human.

The truth is most certainly more mysterious, more extraordinary, and more compelling than fiction.

Dr Helen Klus

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, an 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. During my PhD, I used NASA data to map another galaxy using neutron stars. I tried to determine what neutron stars are like given that they have the highest magnetic fields in the universe, and found that many exhibit behaviour that needs to be described using quantum field theories.

I have used some of the largest telescopes on Earth, given talks at international conferences, and written numerous scientific papers. I was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize in association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer' and have been published on The Toast (Why Are There So Few Female Scientists?), and the Wellcome Trust Blog (Armchair Explorers: how members of the public are taking an active role in the search for other worlds).

I published How We Came to Know the Cosmos: Space & Time and How We Came to Know the Cosmos: Light & Matter earlier this year.

A full list of academic and non-academic publications is given below.

Photograph of Dr Helen Klus at CERN.

Dr Helen Klus on a guided tour of CERN. Image credit: Helen Klus/CC-NC-SA.

Academic publications

Non-academic publications

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Last updated on 26th October 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.