Marcus is a Theoretical and numerical Geophysicist and Ph.D Candidate at Simula Research Laboratory. He is also an inventor and has contributed to create one the best wave propagation tools in the world. In his spare time, when not doing math or physics exercises, Marcus loves to go outdoors.
Let’s go meet with Marcus!
- [1:02] – Introduction – Marcus´s story – What and why he studied to become a Geophysicist
- [3:58] – Not all teachers are right – Getting an interest for mathematics
- [8:53] – Finding an internship online
- [10:00] – The study period – Graduation rates
- [14:37] – The job prospect for Geophysicist
- [18:01] – Problem solving -What a day looks like for a Geophysicist
- [20:43] – An interesting theory Marcus has proven
- [22:53] – Getting a provisional patent application & super computers
- [28:08] – Breaking the myths about PhDs and Geophysicist
- [30:23] – The difference between working in Norway and in Germany
- [35:02] – If Geophysics was not a career path…
- [37:27] – People who have inspired Marcus
- [39:03] – Books recommended by Marcus
- [42:55] – What life lessons were learned the hard way
- [46:15] – The Big Bang Theory – Resources recommended by Marcus
- [48:12] – The Future of Geophysicists – What the coming years look like
- [50:22] – Marcus´advice for someone choosing a career path
Books, movies, and TV-series mentioned in the interview
- Höhere Mathematik: für Naturwissenschaftler und Ingenieure (Sav Mathematik) (German Edition)
- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition by David J. Griffiths
- The Theory of Everything, a 2014 British biographical romantic drama film directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten
- The Big Bang Theory, an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady.
Links and other useful resources
- EdX, a massive open online course (MOOC) provider. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge.
- Physics Classroom, an online, free to use physics website developed primarily for beginning physics students and their teachers.
- Math Is Fun, a website that offers mathematics in an enjoyable and easy-to-learn manner.
- ParaView, an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application.
- Inkscape, a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings.
- Gimp, a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks.
- Python, a programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate systems more effectively
- C, a general-purpose, imperative computer programming language, supporting structured programming, lexical variable scope and recursion, while a static type system prevents many unintended operations.
- C++, a general-purpose programming language. It has imperative, object-oriented and generic programming features, while also providing facilities for low-level memory manipulation.
- Want to learn more about how to become a geophysicist? Then check out this great article by the USGS, with details about different types of geophysicists, and more!
- Curious about the salary of a geophysicist? Here on PayScale, you can see what the average geophysicist makes annually!
- See this interview with another geophysicist, Julian Scott, and hear why he became a geophysicist, by Brightside.
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