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Work of budding physicist published in Young Scientists Journal

June 24th, 2021

The outstanding work of an A level physicist at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools has been published in a prestigious publication.

Zeb, a Year 12 student, wrote a 3,000-word article on the Holographic Principle, an emerging theory that encompasses fields as disparate as black hole physics, string theory, cosmology, and quantum mechanics.

Zeb’s work has been published online by the Young Scientists Journal, an international peer-review science journal that is written, reviewed and produced by school students aged 12 to 20.

“It was extremely interesting to be able to deep-dive into a topic far beyond the scope of the curriculum and to have the motivation to pore through some actual academic papers to be able to piece together all the information I needed,” said Zeb.

“It was the culmination of a few months’ effort, with just over a month each for: research, first drafting, and subsequent drafting.

“As much as it was a lot of fun to just write the piece, it really felt like all the work had paid off when I saw it in print.”

Over the past decade, the Young Scientists Journal has connected students from more than 50 countries and been the vehicle of choice for many in getting their work published.

Head of Physics at Monmouth School for Boys, Mr Dan Jones, said: “Lots of hard work from Zeb has paid off and we are really proud of him in the Physics Department.”

Earlier this year, Zeb scooped a prestigious gold award in the British Physics Olympiad Senior Physics Challenge.

Zeb achieved the top accolade after preparing for months for the gruelling challenge run by Oxford University and the Physics Olympiad team.

He added: “The Holographic Principle is an area that I am extremely interested in, and I would very much enjoy pursuing in the career in physics I am hoping to have.

“It is a theory that ties together so many fields at the forefront of modern physics and has so many revolutionary implications for the world of science that I can’t help but be drawn to the idea.”

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