December 2012 – In memory of those who are no longer with us


Unlike previous months, I thought I would take note of those who have passed away this December 2012 and who have had an impact on my life. Huw Lloyd-Langton I have already talked about and covered elsewhere in this blog. I was unfortunately not able to attend his funeral on the 20th. Patrick Moore also... Continue Reading →

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Was Deep Thought Wrong?


I was watching the live feed from the conference which announced the Higgs Boson had been probably detected (as far as I understand what went on) and also tracking the tweets from somebody I knew in the audience. My theoretical physics days are well behind me; as an undergraduate I celebrated the confirmation of the... Continue Reading →

Faster than the speed of light?


So in the last few days we have all been excited by the suggestion (here) that CERN may have sent some neutrinos either faster than the speed of light / backwards in time [which may be the same thing in Einstein's General Relativity. I have worried (here) about Relativity before, so here I go again! I don't propose  to explain... Continue Reading →

Psycho History Killer


Snappy title but... As anyone who wanders around this tiny corner of cyberspace (remember when it was called that!) knows I worry about things like time travel and thermodynamics.  This all means that whilst I enjoy my sci-fi, I have to suspend a lot of belief to do so. One case that brings this together well... Continue Reading →

The Joy of Thermodynamics


Science can be fun - really! Why write this piece? Early January 2011 the BBC science show Horizon presented a show led by the comedian Ben Miller who also it transpires studied for a PhD in Physics in Cambridge at the Cavendish! As he was so kind as to spend several minutes talking in front... Continue Reading →

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