Introducing Adam Becker

Adam Becker is a freelance astrophysicist, working to help people understand the universe and other complicated things. He earned a PhD in cosmology from the University of Michigan in 2012, where he wrote his thesis on the distribution of matter and energy in the universe right now, and what it can tell us about the behavior of the universe a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

Since then, Adam’s career has focused largely on science communication and publication. He worked at New Scientist magazine, where he designed and coded several interactive features, and also wrote about new developments in physics and astronomy. After that, he worked in the Labs division at the Public Library of Science (PLOS), an open-access scientific publisher, where he developed tools to change the way scientific research results are shared.

These days, Adam does contract and consulting work in science communication, open science publishing, and astrophysics research software development. He is also managing editor of the Open Journal of Astrophysics, slated to open its doors in fall 2015. He’s written a series of articles for the BBC about big questions in astrophysics, and he’s also writing a book about the sordid untold history of quantum physics.

The rest of the year, Adam can be found on Twitter at @freelanceastro. He also has a sporadically updated blog at He lives with his fiancée in Oakland, California.


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