Welcome to Science Magazine
Matthew A & Aashmi S – Chief Editors (Year 12)
Maria L & Abbie T – Deputy Editors (Year 12)
Humans are, by nature, a highly curious species; yet, the world we live in is equally as complex. Theodore Roszak believed that ‘nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and telescope,’ and this idea perfectly describes how science deepens our understanding of the universe. Curiosity and analytical reasoning are two attributes that complement each other very well and thus, the very nature of science is one that is remarkably inevitable.
Pure mathematics was one of the first areas of science to be studied. Many great mathematicians such as Pythagoras and Archimedes looked for patterns in the primes, theorems for circles, irrational numbers, and so much more. These scholars were studying maths for its inherent beauty, with no desire for any real-world applications.
However, scholars soon realised that maths does have real-world applications. Early physicists used the pre-existing ideas of trigonometry to calculate the angle that light bends when entering a medium and geometry to describe the elliptical paths of planets. Theorems in pure mathematics were applied to the real world and a new field of research was created. Nowadays, this field is capable of describing extremely small quarks as well as tremendously large galaxies. We call this field physics.
Nowadays, there are hundreds of areas of mathematics; for example, number theory, complex analysis, hyperbolic geometry and combinatorics. Physics also covers a vast area of science and has been applied to many different fields such as medicine, engineering, chemistry and geography. If you are interested in black holes or quantum mechanics, for example, then why not learn about these fascinating topics and write for Science Magazine?
The Science Magazine has already published many fascinating contributions in the physical sciences, ranging from the aerodynamics of Formula 1 cars to the applications of quantum entanglement. If you prefer the theoretical side of sciences, there are multitudes of articles ranging from the link between neutrinos and dark matter, to the convergence of the sum of reciprocals, and much, much more.
With science, there is always more to be learnt.
Science is imperative in understanding natural phenomena in the physical world. Our very knowledge of human history relies on information obtained through scientific research and experimentation. From lifestyle medicine, such as diets and regular exercise, formulated by Hippocrates in 400 BC, to the discovery of possible life on Venus as recently as November 2020, natural science has allowed for astounding advances in daily life.
As time has passed, the resources available to scientists have increased, unlocking more and more mysteries about the universe. Microscopes have advanced along with scientific innovation; initially starting as flea glasses that were used to study small insects, they can now be used to examine cell activity and hypothesise the beginning of life. The widening possibilities of understanding our world invites more and more space for research.
Many budding scientists have written intriguing articles on biological science. Medical-based contributions such as essays on the invention of the vaccine and the treatment of cancer can be found alongside award-winning articles relating to national wildlife. There is also an absorbing collection of social science contributions, sharing the issues of neurodegeneration and the chronic neurodevelopmental disorder of schizophrenia.
The Science Magazine aims to create a space in which aspiring scientists are able to ask thought-provoking questions and share their knowledge with others. In a society where the world is transforming at an incredible pace thanks to scientific innovation, we must think critically and analyse situations in a way that is both scientifically accurate and inspiring to others. The GSAL Journal emphasises ‘passion, curiosity and creativity,’ and these are the very attributes that have been displayed in the many different entries. Various members of the GSAL community, from all age groups, have written exceptional entries and we encourage any enthusiastic scientist to do the same.
The Science Editorial Team look forward to reading your stimulating contributions. MA & AS
Meet the Team
Hello, I’m Aashmi. I love gaining knowledge about any topic or subject and I think that that is the reason why I am so passionate about science – it is an infinite field where there’s always more to discover! While I enjoy all aspects of science, I am particularly fond of medicine and psychology. I am also very interested in mental health awareness and, out of school, I regularly volunteer at charities targeted towards young people struggling through mental illness.Aashmi S
Hi, my name is Abbie and I am Deputy Editor of the Science Magazine. I am currently taking Biology and Chemistry as two of my A-levels and am considering carrying them on to university. There is not just one thing that interests me about science because it is such a broad subject with so much depth. I hope to educate and interest people with the Science Magazine, and potentially help readers and writers discover new scientific interests they did not realise they had.Abbie T
Hi, I’m Maria! I love everything to do with science and medicine, and I also have a great interest in languages and etymology; such that I dedicate a fair bit of my time to learning many different languages. I greatly enjoy learning anatomy as well as studying different theories in physics. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, both fiction and non-fiction, and piano.Maria L
Hi I’m Matthew. My favourite areas of science include maths, physics and engineering. I really love pure mathematics because of the beautiful proofs required to solve extremely difficult problems like Fermat’s Last Theorem or The Riemann Hypothesis, which is still unsolved! I also really like theoretical physics because it uses mathematical equations to describe everything from particle interactions to galaxy formations. I look forward to reading many captivating entries and learning more about fascinating areas of science.Matthew A
Editor 2019 & 2020
Flaka – Chief Editor
My name is Flaka. I started the Science Magazine in school because I wanted to spread my love of science to other people, and get them engaged in communicating science well. My aim is to have people produce writing that is first and foremost scientifically accurate, but also well explained in the sense that a non-specialist in that field would be able to understand what it is about. For myself, my objective is to pull it all together and produce a magazine that looks professional, mirroring the style of New Scientist, for example. My philosophy is that authors should be the ones learning from their mistakes; I make sure my editors are aware that, other than simple grammatical and spelling mistakes, they are to point out changes for the authors to make so that they can learn how to be better writers and science communicators. This magazine is meant to be a place for people to learn, including myself. I hope to learn how to manage people effectively to create a product that is a culmination of the efforts of many different people, who should all be credited appropriately for their work within the magazine. FT