Ray Jayawardhana is an astrophysicist at the University of Toronto. Hailed as "the new dean of popular science," Jayawardhana's discoveries have made headlines worldwide and led to accolades such as the Steacie Prize, the McLean Award, and a Radcliffe Fellowship.
Many, many ideas have come out of basic science over the centuries that initially seemed like idle curiosities.
Neutrino physics is becoming more popular and attractive since it is, relatively speaking, cheaper than big accelerator physics compared to the cost of, for example, the Large Hadron Collider.
The predecessors of today’s neutrinos might have played a role in causing matter to dominate over anti-matter in the early universe.
Ray Jayawardhana: Being a scientist has given me a chance to see the world.
Historical trends certainly had an effect on how physics as a discipline progressed. These trends affected the lives of many people.
There are a number of cases of mysterious disappearances relating to neutrino physicists.
Ray Jayawardhana: It's valuable to push your imagination and try to come up with all sorts of ideas and discuss them, debate them, test them, because it allows us to push what’s possible and open up new avenues.