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My 19 year old self at the ALICE detector.

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My name is Connor Classen Behan. I was born in the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 10, 1989 at around 17:00. A few years later, I did what only 18% of Americans have done and met a scientist. I now know so many that hardly a day goes by when I do not see one or talk to one. Right now, I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Oxford Maths Institute, having completed a BSc at Queen's University, an MSc at The University of British Columbia and a PhD at Stony Brook University. If you are interested in a snapshot of my interests during those times, my thesis submissions from 2011, 2014 and 2019 are hosted on this site. Some parts of each thesis contain original results, since I tried to push back against the prevailing opinion that they should be written in one week.

My main goal in life is to keep learning. Other myopic desires I may have from time to time are usually a means to this end. The academic career that I plan to have, will at some level, last for my entire life. I admire the physicists who continue their research even when they have one foot in the grave. I will do this because being too old to do my job would mean being too old to think. And someone who can't think is basically dead anyway.

This blog is about all the science and technology and entertainment that makes me tick. I do not claim to be an expert on the topics being discussed. Sometimes the things I write about are established facts, other times I speculate and throw around ideas. I hope the context will make it clear when I am doing this. Please contact me if you see anything you don't like; factual errors, spelling mistakes, broken links or pages that fail to validate. There's a good chance I will implement your suggestions... or I might debate you for hours on them. But if you're part of the audience that I hope this site will attract, the possibility of a debate should interest you rather than scare you away. After all, you shouldn't believe everything you hear.