“It was a bit nerve-racking walking into the room, but once we got going it was fascinating,” May said.
“There’s always that feeling they could ask that big question that could sink you, but luckily they didn’t.” May will be formally presented with his doctorate next May at a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
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But the guitarist continued to pursue his out-of-this-world interests — and last year co-authored a book titled “Bang!
Brian May Astrophysics Thesis
The Complete History of the Universe.” He told reporters Thursday that handing over his completed thesis — a 48,000 word study which seeks to prove planets and dust clouds in our solar system orbit in the same direction — and facing examiners for a review of his work was a tough challenge.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my years playing guitar and recording music with Queen, but it's extremely gratifying to see the publication of my thesis, A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," May said.
"I've been fascinated with astronomy for years, and I was happy to finally complete my Ph D last year and record my studies of the Zodiacal Light in this book." Source: Springer Citation: Brian May, guitarist for rock band Queen, completes Ph. thesis following 30-year hiatus (2008, July 31) retrieved 6 September 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-07This document is subject to copyright.
May's thesis examines the Zodiacal Light, the misty diffuse cone of light seen in the West after sunset and the East before sunrise.
Though anyone can see the Zodiacal Light from a suitably dark location, it is poorly understood, and has been the subject of relatively little research.