This is a short answer prompt for one of my college supplements. I'm not sure if I answered the prompt correctly in a way that helps admissions officers gain a better view of me. I'm also not sure as to how to do that when answering this prompt. Thanks for any assistance!
If you could meet a character from a book or a historical figure, who would it be and what would you ask them? (200-word limit)
In my quantum computing course, the most fascinating topic I have learned about so far is the Pauli computing gates. It is for that reason, I would be delighted to meet the famous physicist Wolfgang Ernest Pauli.
Wolfgang Pauli not only has one of the coolest names in history but his achievements in the field of quantum are quite amazing. I'd definitely ask Pauli about his work on quantum mechanics and subjects I loved learning about such as Pauli matrices and the Pauli exclusion principle.
Yet, while asking about these things would teach me much, I think I would also look forward to discovering Wolfgang Pauli's character.
Pauli was known to be a perfectionist but also a humorous person. I'd be very excited to hear a joke from him while also learn why perfection was so vital to him in the field he studied. I would also ask about his everyday thought process and how he tackles a problem.
I think I overall would like a fun conversation mixed with inquiries about his research. I would certainly not forget to ask him about the Pauli effect, an unusual tendency of scientific equipment to break when he was present.