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The Physics of the Everyday

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My research, in the area of soft matter and biological physics, deals with the human-sized world and not the ultra-large or ultra-small: things that you eat, wear, utilise or that make up your own bodies and the organisms around us. It mainly deals with aggregates of molecules in one way or another, looking at the mesoscopic level. I will consider how this sort of matter can be observed in detail and what makes it special, looking at examples from plants to paint, from cells to food. Beyond this, I will try to describe why I think science is such a creative discipline and why we need to do a better job of explaining what we do and how and why we do it, not just to the public but also to policy-makers.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Physics Society series.

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