Matthew R. Francis is a science writer, freelance journalist, physicist, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. His writing has appeared in Nautilus, NOVA, Smithsonian Air & Space, Symmetry Magazine, Physics World, and a number of other publications. He is a regular contributor at Forbes and The Daily Beast. He holds a PhD in physics and astronomy from Rutgers University, and taught at several universities before becoming a full-time writer. He specializes in stories about astronomy, some unusual corners of physics, and the nuts-and-bolts of how science operates — or fails to operate.