In my family there is a tradition of interest in science: my grandmother was college professor in chemistry and physics, and both my parents were trained as mechanical engineers in college. When I was a kid, my mom showed me a box full of extremely tiny gears — those that table clocks are made out of — and told me what each part was for. And I remember thinking "this is the coolest tiling I've ever seen!' I have been interested in mechanical structures and the inner working of human-made and natural things ever since.
My interest in natural structures and systems began with photography. I find it an almost magical technique of preserving any natural phenomenon from large to small. It also gives me a chance to look at things very closely and wonder about them for as long as I like. I took photographs extensively when I travelled in China, and later in my first year of college. My interests intensified and went beyond just apparent forms, when during my first summer in college I read about linear and nonlinear dynamics, emergence behavior, game theory, neuroscience and spatio-temporal pattern formation in books intended for undergraduate students or the general public. I decided that my appreciation for nature would only deepen and advance if I learned about the underlying theory of the nature of beauty, instead of just the beauty itself I'm also more and more convinced that we can gain insights into the very large structures in our universe by looking at smaller structures like cellular pathways or subatomic particles.
In order to understand the physical world further, I enrolled in both physics and mathematics programs. Even with the strong theoretical emphasis in my curriculum choice, I still find physically touching, seeing and manipulating things among the best ways to understand them I enjoy doing lab works in physics, and I have worked in a machine shop, sculpture studio, art museum, and taxidermy studio. However, the elegance, simplicity, and power of...
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