Splash Biography

MATT KING, Yale physics major, aspiring professor

Major: Physics / Math

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

The universe is full of strange and fascinating things. As a junior physics and mathematics major, I plan on dedicating my life to learning about these strange things. My main area of interest is experimental particle physics, as I see that as the forefront of learning about how our universe works at its most fundamental. I love teaching, and I have been a MathCounts coach as well as a tutor for physics and mathematics classes at Yale. I'm also a pianist and a writer, and I find early Christianity deeply interesting. I like cool things, and I'd love to share with you some of the cool things I've learned.

Past Classes

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S4396: The Grandest Scales: Connecting Astronomy with Particle Physics in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 24, 2021)
The largest and smallest scales of the universe aren't as separated as you might think. Particles smaller than a grain of sand set the stage for the universe in its fiery beginnings, and forces spanning galaxies have governed its evolution ever since. Black holes are born because of the Pauli Exclusion Principle and die because of particles that live for nanoseconds. In this session, we will discuss many connections between particle physics and astronomy, including Hawking radiation, the cosmic microwave background, and the search for dark matter. Grab your microscopes and your telescopes as you join us in exploring the connections between the cosmic and the microscopic!

M4399: Fractals! in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 24, 2021)
In geometry class, shapes are smooth, well-defined, and not very realistic. If you've ever looked at a waterfall or a tree or a mountain, you'll know that the real world is exotic, rough, and deeply complex. Nature speaks in fractals, these rough shapes that define our world. We will begin by discussing what dimension is and what it has to do with fractals, building up our toolkit by looking at wildly different examples found throughout nature and mathematics. We will then explore how you can create algorithms to measure fractals and introduce the infinite weirdness of the Mandelbrot and Julia Sets.