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The Courage to Explore

Jeff Blomquist, 25, graduated from Widener University in 2006 with a double major in physics and mechanical engineering. He went on to illustrate and co-author the book, A Users Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty.

Jeff Blomquist went from graduate school to published author in what seems like the speed of light. 

Following graduation in 2006, Blomquist began working on a master’s in physics with a focus on cosmology at Drexel University.  Cosmology is the scientific exploration of the nature of the universe  — “Deep space, but deeper,” said Blomquist.

Widener Professor Harry Augensen, with whom Blomquist studied astronomy  is not surprised at Blomquist’s success.   “He is a true scholar,” Augensen said. 

Blomquist now lives in Philadelphia and works as a manufacturing engineer at Boeing in Ridley Township and teaches astronomy as an adjunct faculty member at Widener.


  • A User's Guide to the Universe provides a whimiscal take on serious cosmological questions such as: What happens if I'm traveling at the speed of light and I try to look at myself in the mirror? Or does God play dice with the universe? And, if the universe is expanding, what's it expanding into?

  • Jeff BlomquistProfessor Harry Augensen his "star" pupil on a study trip to the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. "He's a true scholar," says Augensen of his "star"pupil.