I’m Adam Becker, an author and astrophysicist in Oakland, California. I write, talk, and code about science.
Right now, I’m writing a book about the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics, called What is Real? My book is aimed at the interested public — if you’re not a scientist, but you like reading about science and the people behind it, this book is for you. It’ll be available in English-language bookstores worldwide in early 2018, thanks to my publishers, Basic Books and John Murray — and to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which gave me a generous grant to support my work on this book. (If you want to be the first to know when and where I’ll be speaking once my book comes out, sign up for email updates here.)
I’m currently a visiting scholar at the Office for History of Science and Technology at UC Berkeley. When I’m not working on my book, I make videos and write features for the BBC, New Scientist, and other science media outlets. I also occasionally tell stories for the Story Collider podcast.
I used to work at the Public Library of Science (PLOS), an open-access scientific publisher. I was a researcher in the Labs division, where I developed new tools to change the way scientific research results are shared. Before PLOS, I was at New Scientist magazine, where I designed and coded several interactive features for their website. I also wrote about new developments in physics, astronomy, and other areas of science and technology.
I earned a PhD in computational cosmology from the University of Michigan, where I worked with Dragan Huterer in the Physics Department. My thesis was on primordial non-Gaussianity, which is a fancy way of saying that I was trying to find out how much we can learn about the way stuff was arranged in the early universe by looking at the way stuff is arranged in the universe right now. While I was in graduate school, I had some adventures you might enjoy hearing about.