M: You are a professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. You are a senior advisor at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. You also seem to tour the global tirelessly, giving talks. And in addition, you have your own weekly TV show On Science. Where do you get the energy?

W: Oh, well. Q1I just love what I do. I am extremely fortunate to have this life, doing what I love doing.

M: Professor, what exactly is your goal? Why do you do all of these?

W: well, as you said, I do have different things going on. But these I think can be divided into Q2two groups: the education of science, and the further understanding of science.

M: Don't these two things get in the way of each other? What I mean is, doesn't giving lectures take time away from the lab?

W: Not really, no. I love teaching, and I don’t mind spending more time doing that now than in the past. Also, what I will say is, that Q3teaching a subject helps me comprehend it better myself. I find that it furthers my own knowledge when I have to explain something clearly, when I have to aid others understanding it, and when I have to answer questions about it. Teaching at a high level can be very stimulating for anyone, no matter how much expertise they may already have in the field they are instructing.

M: Are there any scientific breakthroughs that you see on the near horizon? A significant discovery or invention we can expect soon.

W: Q4The world is always conducting science. And there're constantly new things being discovered. In fact, right now, we have too much data sitting in computers. For example, we have thousands of photos of planet Mars taken by telescopes that nobody has ever seen. We have them, yet nobody has had time to look at them with their own eyes, let alone analyze them.


Q1: Why does the woman say she can be so energetic?

Q2: What has the woman been engaged in?

Q3: What does the woman say about the benefit teaching brings to her?

Q4: How does the woman say new scientific breakthroughs can be made possible?