Our new show, ‘Chasing the Waves‘, funded by the STFC, uses music and comedy to explore how Glasgow scientists contributed to one of the biggest discoveries of the century: the detection of gravitational waves.
Professor Jim Hough has been at the heart of gravitational wave research for decades. He has also been at the heart of ‘Chasing the Waves‘, sharing his stories and expertise with the creative team to help develop the show. We grabbed five minutes for a chat about his involvement.
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Jim Hough, experimental physicist. I work on suspensions, mirror coatings etc. for next generation gravitational wave detectors
2. How long have you been researching gravitational waves?
3. What’s the best bit about being a scientist? And the worst bit?
Best bit – the thrill of solving problems
Worst bit – doing the admin
4. How were you involved with ‘Chasing the Waves?’
Wearing a wig and behaving like an idiot. You can watch Jim in our music video here.
5. What did you think of the show?
6. Tell us your favourite science joke or fact.
The lion and the rabbit