Broken Symmetry is chiefly written by Dr Steven Thomson, a condensed matter theorist who studies disorder and out-of-equilibrium phenomena in quantum mechanical systems and who has an inexplicable soft spot for progressive rock.

Steven completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2016 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Physique Théorique, CEA Saclay. Steven’s ability to speak French is best described as ‘woeful’.

Steven is also a freelance popular science writer and editor whose works have appeared in The Conversation, IFLScience, ArsTechnica, Popular Astronomy and various other outlets.

You can see more from him on Twitter under the username @PhysicsSteve.