Dr. Matthew Caplan

Professor Caplan got his bachelors in physics from the University of
Virginia, and masters and PhD from Indiana University. His PhD thesis,
titled "Astromaterial Science" won several major awards in his field for his
simulations of how stars freeze. Formerly a postdoctoral fellow at McGill,
he is currently faculty at Illinois State University. Prof. Caplan is a
computational nuclear astrophysicist, which is a fancy way of saying that he
uses computers to simulate the insides of stars. He primarily studies
nuclear pasta and other exotic matter in neutron stars, though occasionally
he writes papers about the possible technology of possible advanced
civilizations that are possibly taking over the universe.

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