Peak Physics: When Science Meets Mountains Homepage / About BU / 175th anniversary / 175th anniversary: Older Stories / Peak Physics: When Science Meets Mountains The Art of Curatorial Excellence Creating an Indigenous Students' Gathering Space and Resource Centre Preserving 175 Years of Excellence Osire Glacier: an Emerging Scholar Spotlight on Wade Lynch: Learning has no Age Spotlight on Craig Norman: a Bright Future for Women’s Basketball Growing Excellence: the Newly-Renovated Johnson Greenhouse and Laboratories Youth supporting Youth: The Mae Sot Education Project Peak Physics: When Science Meets Mountains Getting down to Business: Experiential Learning in the WSB Experiential Learning: Testing the Waters with UBERG A Celebration of Academic Excellence Faculty-student collaboration: QUSC Spotlight on Dr. Vicki Chartrand, a criminologist of Bishop’s Sociology Department Spotlight on Ed Pomykala: promoting athletic and academic excellence Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship Up for Debate An outstanding research experience Paleomission: In Search of the Ancient Sloth Peak Physics: When Science Meets Mountains When Dr. Valerio Faraoni isn’t teaching physics and astronomy students in the department he chairs, researching cosmology and gravitation, or giving seminars across the globe, you can find him climbing and hiking mountains. Combining his love of physics and mountaineering, his latest and sixth book to be published, “Alpine Physics”, applies physics and basic science to the alpine environment. “I’ve been mountaineering for a long time, about 30 years, and I’ve been doing physics for even longer,” Faraoni explains. “I wanted to bring the two together in this book.” The book is a great read for mountaineers and nature lovers who want to understand the basic science and physics at play in alpine environments. Fostering a deeper understanding of these terrains is not only beneficial to enjoying all that nature has to offer, but even more so to one’s safety when mountaineering. Weaving together science and personal experience, Faraoni wrote the book in part by drawing on his own knowledge and including stories from his own adventures. Amplifying the need for safety, Faraoni shares both riveting and cautionary tales such as one where, “according to standard knowledge, my friend should have died.” On a lighter note, this book also allowed Faraoni to incorporate another passion of his: nature photography. The pages are interspersed with stunning photographs he has taken over the years. Faraoni has built up an impressive collection, having climbed mountains all over the world. His favourite destinations? The Dolomites in Italy, the West Coast of Canada, and Mont Blanc in the Alps. When we sat down with Faraoni to discuss his book, he had just flown in from Europe the previous night and was surviving on a few hours of sleep. Sitting in his office, walls covered with photographs of mountains, he had been lecturing at an Alpine Cosmology Workshop for the past week. This year it took place in Austria, only further confirming his love of mountaineering.