Science for the mind, music for the soul.
Do you ever feel different from people your age?
I don't talk about my academics with my friends. They all know about it, they're all used to it.... And, I mean, I don't go around saying "Ha, look, I'm in college and you're not." Who would want to be friends with me if I did that?
Tell me about the research you're working on.
It is a method of atom trapping, using hollow beams [cone-shaped beams of light, created with lasers], that is much simpler and cheaper than current methods.
Music is another important part of your life. Why?
I think the clarinet is the closest thing to a human voice that you can have in an instrument.... And you can just share things with people in music in a way that you can't with science. I like to say that science is for the mind and music is for the soul.
Do you ever get time to relax?
Actually, I have a lot of time to relax. The things I do, they do take up time, but I'm much less busy than my friends. They're in high school, and they work much harder than I do, which is actually kind of funny.
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|Publication:||New York Times Upfront|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 15, 2004|
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