IamA Quantum Physicist---Mark Zuckerberg shared a photo of himself reading my book to his newborn daughter that 1/2 the internet thinks is fake---I'm here to prove them wrong---AMA!
Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg shared a photo of himself reading one of my books to his daughter. It has received a bit of press coverage, but many think the book is actually fake!
I can assure you that Quantum Physics for Babies is very real. In fact, I've shared it on Reddit before: https://www.reddit.com/r/Physics/comments/1x6yh1/quantum_physics_for_babies_or_get_them_while/.
I'm sure Zuck feels the same when I say that I can't help but think about the challenges my daughter will face if she wants follow in her father's footsteps to become a scientist. It would be great if I could use my 15 minutes to bring attention to the problems faced by women in STEM and the cultural barriers preventing more women from entering.
This is an extremely complex issue that has no simple solution (and for which band-aids only cause further harm). Specific to physics, one can find some concrete recommends for higher ed and high-school and below. Of particular relevance to me and my family at this point in time is #7:
Primary schools should reflect on the gender messages they may be giving to pupils, which may unwittingly reinforce gender stereotypes, and work to remove them.
So here goes---physics, self-publishing, academia, parenthood---AMA!
Also soliciting advice on any of the above ;)