“…we choose to do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard.” JFK
Current Research Interests
I am currently interested in the application of topology and differential geometry to problems in particle physics, QFT and QM more generally.
Outreach Talks
I am very keen to do outreach talks – contact me on the email address below if interested. Topics I am happy to talk about:
 Particle physics (of any sort but particularly The Standard Model and Beyond)
 Life as a PhD Student (see here for a sample)
 Deception and fakes in science and mathematics (see here for a sample; with slides here)
Papers
I publish under “Joseph ToobySmith”.
Preprints
 Davighi, J., Gripaios, B., and ToobySmith, J., Quantum mechanics in magnetic backgrounds with manifest symmetry and locality. arXiv:1905.11999
Short Academic Resume
Name: Joseph Smith (publish under: Joseph ToobySmith)
Picture: On the right above
Year of Birth: 1996
Email: joe ‘dot’ s ‘dot’ smith ‘at’ hotmail ‘dot’ co ‘dot’ uk
Funding: STFC
Education
 20122014: York College (press release).
 A2 level
 Physics: A*
 Chemistry: A*
 Maths: A*
 Further Maths: A*
 Further Maths (Additional): A*
 AS level only
 Biology: A
 20142018: Oxford University, Christ Church College.
 MMathPhys (with initial three years on MPhys): Distinction/First Class (double classification)
 2018present: Cambridge University, Robinson College
 PhD Candidate (Probationary) Physics (HEP Theory)
Prizes and Awards
Below is a list of the prizes and awards I have won. They are in roughly chronological order of when they where awarded with (…/…) dates given for the academic year which the prize relates.
 2014: Principal’s Prize (York College)
 2014/20152016/2017: Scholarships (Christ Church College, Oxford)

2015/2016: The Scott Prize for performance in the Physics Part A examination (Oxford University)
 2016: Collections Prize (Christ Church College, Oxford)
 2016/2017: The Scott Prize for best performance in the MPhys Part B examination (Oxford University)
 2016/2017 (awarded 2018): Clifford Smith Prize (Christ Church College, Oxford)
 2017/2018: Prize for the Best Results on the Oxford MMathPhys (Oxford University)
 2018: Honorary ViceChancellor’s Award (Cambridge University)
 2017/2018: Hooke Prize (Christ Church College, Oxford)
 “This prize is awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate Member of the House [Christ Church College] who achieves the highest mark in the following Honour Schools collectively: Mathematics, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics and Materials Science.”
 2017/2018: Roach Prize (Christ Church College, Oxford)
 “This prize is awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate across the following branches of Science: Mathematics, Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Materials Science and Biological Science. The most outstanding undergraduate will normally be the person placed proportionately highest in an appropriate Honour School (including in a joint School with Philosophy).”
Teaching
Having only just started my PhD this list is currently very short – but it will hopefully get longer. Here is the teaching I have done/am doing (all currently at Cambridge University):
 2018 Michaelmas: Demonstrator for part II TP1 (Department of Physics)
 Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, field theory, phase transitions and critical phenomena, propagators and causality.
 2019 Lent: Supervisor for part III Gauge Field Theory (Department of Physics)
 Relativistic quantum mechanics, relativistic quantum fields, gauge field theories, renormalisation, BSM.
Outreach
I am very passionate to share my knowledge with others and volunteer my time for outreach events whenever I can. Here are a few of the things I have done:
 Oxfords Hands on Science (OxHOS): I helped on the roadshow in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and sat on committee (Web Master) in the academic year 20162017.
 Open Days: I have helped at both Oxford Physics department and Christ Church College open days.
 Stargazing Oxford: I helped out at the Stargazing Oxford event in 2017.
 I have two YouTube channels: Versisty Notes and Siblings in Science. The first of these I have used for more high level physics. The second is more recent and contains discussions about science topics with my brother.
Talks
Here are a selection of talks I have done (some are less serious then others):
 Quantum Fluctuation Dissipation Theorems
 Oxford MMathPhys as a blackboard talk: edited version of notes
 BUSSTEPP 2018 as a powerpoint
 Topological Terms and Central Extensions
 The Standard Model of Particle Physics and Maybe Beyond
 Robinson college research day (April 2019) as a powerpoint
MMathPhys Courses
Below are a list of the courses I took on the oxford masters of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics course. (in no particular order)
 Quantum Field Theory
 Kinetic Theory
 Groups and Representations
 Topological Quantum Theory
 Introduction to Quantum Information
 Advanced Fluid Dynamics
 Soft Matter Physics
 Nonequilbrium Statistical Physics
 Conformal Field Theory
 Advanced Quantum Theory: Path Integrals and ManyParticle Physics
 Lattice Quantum Field Theory
 Renormalization Group
 Symbolic, Numerical and Graphical Scientific Programming
 Aspects of Beyond the Standard Model and Astroparticle Physics
On top of this I did an oral presentation entitled “Quantum FluctuationDissipation Theorems”.
Useful Links
Mainly just for me but in case others are interested (all links external):
Cambridge Seminars
Good (imho) notes/videos on…
 Topos theory in physics: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1004.3564.pdf
 Lattices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EAYXwZH0g
 Gerbes: https://arxiv.org/abs/math/9907034