In which we ask, what would you do if you could change your own personal history?
A Kind of Magic! – No, that is not a non-Higgs boson, it is the Astronomy Magazine competition to win a signed copy of Brian May’s PhD thesis in astronomy.
“To enter the contest, submit a short essay (200 to 500 words) that describes what you would do — what would your subject be and why? — if you could magically go back to school and earn a doctoral degree in astronomy.
How would you change the astronomy world? What research subject would entice you? Planetary science? Cosmology? Galaxy investigations? And what specifically would you take on as a line of research? (And for those of you who are Ph.D.s and want to enter, you can simply imagine what you might do if you got a second degree in a different area of research.)
The two best essays will each win a signed copy of the dissertation, A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, which was published by Springer-Verlag in 2008.”
A more interesting question, dear readers, is what would you do if you could go back and take a few years off from your PhD to jam with a superstar band?
Which band, when and why?