Curiosity is the driving force behind Professor Elisabetta Barberio's passion for physics and it led her to be part of one of the biggest breakthroughs in physics in decades.
Just a week after scientists won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the Higgs Boson, or "God particle", the physicist spoke to high school students about her decades-long research endeavour into the particle.
The professor won the Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics award earlier this year, and told students at St Mary's Star of the Sea girls' high school she was "curious" and enjoyed the freedom of physics.
Head of the science department, Neil Quinn, said he was pleased with the high proportion of girls taking physics at the school, "which goes against the grain statewide".
Physics has always interested Lucinda Beck, 16, because "it explains a lot about how the world works". Although she also studies biology, physics interests her more: "It's amazing to find out how some of the things we take for granted work, the mechanics of everyday things.
"The talk was really interesting for us because we've done a whole topic on space. It was relatable because we could see what avenues we could go down in the future. It's definitely an option for me."
The curiosity aroused by physics was also attractive for Sarah Daly. The 17-year-old said she had no idea about the sheer size of the lab, which produced enough data every year to fill 20 kilometres of CDs stacked up.
"There's so much unknown about the world and I want to understand as much as I can."