I go to many schools, talk to many students and their parents. I'm
often asked what job will I get if I study Physics. I explain: if you
study Medicine, you become a doctor, if you study engineering you
become an engineer, if you study law, you become unemployed! But, if
you study Physics you can do anything.
Today I will tell you how our
fundamental physics research is going to help cure cancer. I've
recently come back from my first medical physics conference on a new
cancer treatment called proton therapy. It turns out that if protons
are used to bombard cancer, they will deposit all of their
destructive energy just at the cancer, with no side-effects unlike
conventional radiation therapy, but only if we get the calculations
just right. These calculations are particularly difficult and only we
have the technology to get them right because this is the same fundamental
we use for fusion energy, study of antimatter, and
charge-exchange processes in space. We can now add cancer therapy to
the list of applications of our theoretical physics research.
With this book prize, for the top year-11 Physics student, I am
hoping to attract more students to study Physics and
Mathematics, at the highest level, and then succeed on the world stage.
The book is entitled "A Universe from nothing", written by
theoretical physicist Professor Lawrence Krauss. It gives me great pleasure to award this prize, which has a personalised dedication from Lawrence, to ...
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