Prof. David Bailey
Particle Physics (Experimental)
Experimental high energy physics, exotic physics, error analysis, monte carlo simulation, physics education.
No scientific measurement is complete without an estimate of its uncertainty, but how accurate are these estimates and what do they they mean? My current research focuses on better understanding scientific uncertainty and error. This interest has grown out of my experience as experimental high energy physicist searching for exotic new physics such leptoquarks, new forces, or millicharged particles. Since there are many more ways to be wrong than to be right, such searches require great care in understanding how mundane errors can mislead us. Even the best made measurements can be wrong, so occasional outliers are an unavoidable consequence of scientific progress: new methods often reveal previously unrecognized errors or introduce new unknown biases of their own.
Teaching is meaningless if it doesn't help students learn, so I have a strong interest in Physics Education Research, especially in how to best help students learn the skills of a physicist.
My favourite example of why teaching matters is "The Amazing Miss A".
Last updated on 6 August 2021