(Submitted February 24, 1997)
I'm 14, in the 9th grade and wish to
become a theoretical physicist. I have wanted to be one since the first
grade (actually I wanted to be a rocket scientist and became more
specific). I was hoping you could give me some advice to help me on my
way. Any books, magazines, web sites, people, colleges, or any other
general advice. Thank you for your time.
The most important thing for you to worry about at this point is to do well
in your classes, especially in math and science. To get a good overview of
what we do here at NASA in the area of high-energy astrophysics, check out our
Info. on "Quantum", a magazine put out by the National Science Teachers Association on
physics and math is available at:
Finally, "Imagine", is put out by the Johns Hopkins University with
info. for pre-college students. A recent issue focused on Physics and
Astronomy, including some profiles of some of the scientists in our lab.
The URL is:
I suspect you are already reading magazines like Discover and Scientific
American to hear about recent developments.