I'm Zack Savitsky.

At age 6, I had my first existential crisis. Just like my garden herbs and hermit crabs, one day, I realized, I would die, and then nothing would matter.

Rocked by my premature nihilism, I began to question my whole perception of reality. I grew fulfilled by the search for answers — piecing together the puzzle of nature by studying physics. Eventually, I recognized that probing deeper brought meaning to the meaningless. Our unique ability to question, uncover and share fundamental truth begs celebration. But my desire wasn't to make the discoveries myself; it was to make them accessible.

Hooked on the idea of translating the work of scientists, I completed the Science Communication Program at UC Santa Cruz. Now, as a multimedia journalist covering the physical sciences, I calm my juvenile terror — and hopefully yours, too.

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