A couple of years ago I contributed a chapter entitled “Science as a Public Good” to a book called A Manifesto for the Public University, edited by John Holmwood, a colleague in the School of Sociology and Social Policy here in Nottingham. As a prelude to the following diatribe cri de coeur reasoned dissection of […]
Along with 35 other scientists (including my colleague Clare Burrage here at Nottingham), I have been at Westminster for the past few days as part of this year’s Royal Society MP-Scientist pairing scheme. Clare and I are paired with our local MP, Lilian Greenwood, and spent some time yesterday shadowing Lilian during a number of […]
Results announced by the Ice Cube observatory herald a new era in astronomy. These new eyes on the cosmos allow us to view the ultra-high-energy universe beyond light.
Embedded in the meteors that orbit our star are the oldest objects formed in the solar system. As the first solids to condense out of the gaseous nebula that surrounded the young Sun, their appearance is key to understanding the formation of terrestrial planets such as the Earth. Unfortunately for those wishing to unlock our […]
Can theatre be a medium in which we, as scientists, can do more to engage the public? This year at the Edinburgh Fringe I noticed that a number of shows were of the scientific variety. I managed to catch one of them Albert Einstein The Musical – Relativitively Speaking, a charming production on the life of […]
Alongside the Bristol Channel coastline, two non-descript concrete buildings sit like gateposts at the mouth of the picturesque Somerset countryside. Isolated from the world at large, these structures have been the epicentre of an intense political and social debate over the past year. Providing electricity for thousands, the Hinkley Point nuclear power facility has been […]
For many academics of my acquaintance, physicists amongst them, using Twitter is regarded as a mere waste of time; social media in general are somehow seen as infra dig. Similarly, the most usual comment I get when I admit I blog is not a positive comment such as “how interesting” or “wow that’s a brilliant […]
Coinciding with the birthday of Marie Curie, 7 November is the International Day of Medical Physics and a time to celebrate our medical physicists. So if there is one in your vicinity, give them a hug – they deserve it!
Remember the good old days when microelectronics were traditional and wholesome? OK, perhaps my sense of nostalgia is a mite over-developed, but I have noticed an unfortunate trend in recent technological developments. While it is nice to have affordable tech with almost magical power, the slickness of the designers’ art has a tendency to conceal […]
Somerset County Cricket Club bar and a key player sits next to me and orders a pint. We strike up a conversation. I am flattered that he remembers that we’ve met once before, even more so when he says: “Course, you’re the guy who wrote that book about cricket balls, aren’t you?”