I write books and songs for scientists, children, and the many lucky young people who are both of those things.
I’m an author and a songwriter. But first, I’m a scientist. I earned a Ph.D. in astronomy in 2001 from Caltech and I’ve worked as an astrophysicist for Harvard, Princeton and NASA. One night at the telescope when it was cloudy, I grabbed a guitar and started writing songs. I’m proud to say that many of my songs have been covered by aspiring pop and country artists and appeared on VH1, MTV, BET, and PBS.
A few years later, younger scientists started asking me to mentor them. But I didn’t know how. So I collected all the advice I could and turned it into my first book: Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine In Tough Times (Island Press 2011). It’s a guide to help researchers share the joy of discovery while building their careers.
Now I have two fascinating children, so I write books for them–and any other children that might wander by. My first experiment with kidlit is the new Cosmic Collisions series (MIT Kids, coming out in 2024). These books challenge you to hypothesize what will happen when two astronomical objects slam together. Read on, watch the collision unfold, and see if you guessed right!