I’m Tom Rivlin, I have a PhD in physics from University College London, and an MSci in physics with theoretical physics from Imperial College London. I was born in Tel Aviv, but moved to London when I was less than a year old, and spent the next 26 years there. Today, I work as a physics postdoc at the Weizmann Institue of Science in Rehovot, splitting my time between the UK and Israel.
I’m also a popular science writer, having worked for a number of student publications in the past, and now I work as a freelance writer for the YouTube channel SciShow. There, I write scripts about physics, math(s!), computing, astronomy and more.
My research interests are mostly in the realm of quantum mechanics. My PhD work was in atomic and molecular scattering, which I did computationally in a fully-quantum framework. My current work is in the theoretical study of tunnel(l)ing times in quantum mechanics, with connections to more broad questions of the nature of time in quanutm mechanics in general. I’m also interested in quantum foundations, as well as cosmology, fundamental physics, and philosophy of science.
Outside of science, I’m an enthusiastic sci-fi/genre fiction fan with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things Pokémon, among other things. I’m also politically active, having been a member of the Labour Party since 2015 in the UK, and having helped campaigns in a number of elections there.
In terms of social media, my main point-of-contact is Twitter, where my DMs are open if you want to get in touch.