Quantum physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili talks footballing ambitions, dream chats with Einstein and the incredible connection between gravity and space-time
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
As a young boy, I wanted to be an inventor. But by my teens, I had decided that I also wanted to be a rock star and to play for Leeds United. So yeah, not very ambitious then!
Explain what you do in one easy paragraph.
I am an explainer. As a professor of quantum physics, I conduct research into the tiniest particles that make up the world. I also spend about half of my time communicating scientific ideas to the wider public. It …