Adam Beatty
Why Physics?
Honestly, I’m not sure!


Growing up I was an average student and I certainly wasn’t interested in science or technical subjects. It never occurred to me that learning could be interesting and it absolutely never occurred to me that maths could be engaging. I worked hard for average results in school (like most of us I suppose!)

Before studying physics I applied for business and arts courses but never started. When I was 21 or so, I became interested in learning again. It started with the German language which I tried to teach myself. I had some quite reasonable success and I visited Germany a few times to test my skills with impressive results 😀 .

At about this time, it dawned on me that I had in fact enjoyed physics in school. A friend of mine was studying physics and we had many conversations (in the pub 😮 ) about his degree and physics in general. The more I thought about it, the more I was interested in building upon the physics I had learned in school.
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“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes.
The wise man learns from the mistakes of others” 
-  Otto Von Bismarck- 
Starting in Physics
I read a few popular science books, which drew me further towards physics. I then decided to change my university application from arts to physics. (Incidentally my first popular science book was ‘Chaos—Making a new science’ by James Gleick and was way-way over my head!)
University was an incredible, unforgettable experience. The more physics (and maths and programming and …..) I saw, the more I wanted. I even thought maths was interesting which shocked me! Education in general was interesting. I owe much of my college experience and education to my friends and instructors whom I would like to take this opportunity to thank.
So, learning physics was amazing and continues to be although I’ve finished my undergraduate education.

Now that I’m no longer in full time education, I spend as much time as I can studying physics, because it interests me, and I spend as much time as I can teaching others too. I hope it helps!
I did some further study recently and graduated with a Master’s in Engineering in 2017. Having completed work with NUI Galway’s Applied Optics Group I’m due to graduate in 2018. This year is really for Quantum Mechanics lessons for people like you!
On a Lighter Note!
I love to run! It’s like Marmite I suppose — you either love it or hate it. Well about 4 years ago I tried to get into adventure racing. Instead I met a marathoner who convinced me to try one. I’ve been hooked since 🙂 !! I’ve registered for the Great Limerick Run 2018 — so that’s my next goal. I’ve also started registering for adventure races this year — so it’ll be busy.
There’s probably no such thing as an ‘good’ photo of anybody playing sport — you always look terrible! This is me in full-stride during the Great Limerick Run 2017. This was of-course taken before I overheated and felt like crying. I came close to my goal time: close but no cigar!!
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