Lizzie Enfield: Notes from North Village

January 31, 2018

 

 Illustration by Joda (@joda_art)

 

 

 

“If you think you understand quantum physics then you probably don’t,” says quantum physics advisor.

 

He is a doctor of gravitational lens fields – or something like that. It’s a complicated field. I’ve been reading the Dummies Guide to Quantum Physics and, frankly, the bar for dummies has been set too high! It’s more like rocket science, and trying to get to grips with it has been making furrows in my forehead that I think have become permanent.

 

But I’m taking the gravitational lens doctor’s pronouncement as a good sign. Because I definitely don’t understand it. So perhaps that means I do?

 

Why the attempt? And why is this relevant? This month’s theme is chemistry after all. Did she get the wrong email from the editor?

 

No. Nor has it passed me by that it’s Valentine’s month: love is in the air and the Tinder test tubes will be overflowing with sexual chemistry.

 

And I know that sexual chemistry is driven by pheromones, the chemical signals that trigger sexual interest. Some bright spark has even invented a dating app that involves a mouth swab to match you with someone with compatible pheromones... [read more]

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