The other night I attended a talk in Cambridge given by the local Liberal Democrat MP, Julian Huppert. The talk was entitled ‘Science in Politics’, and so, being a scientist who wants to see more of them in politics, I was greatly looking forward to it. After all, how often do we get to hear […]
I’m going to go out on a limb here and assert that equality of opportunity is a good thing. Gone are the bad old days when jobs and privileges were determined at birth. No longer do you have to be an aristocrat or wealthy land-owner to study science: Michael Faraday broke that mould. Nor is […]
When I inherited a module from a colleague, I also inherited its title. And it was its title, I believe, that led to complaints and objections, rather than the actual content.
I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t have a sense of musicality. We have an innate sensitivity to rhythm, melody and beauty. Sometimes, the right combination of beats and notes seems just perfect and our heart resonates in tune with the music. We snap, tap, clap to music. Wouldn’t it be nice if a […]
I love science. A lot. It fascinates me, excites me and changes the way I look at the world around me. It defines so much of what goes on in my life in a good way. But recently, it has made me ill.
I didn’t have a lot of time between my Second Year Electromag II lecture and the Antennas lecture to my MSc group, but the determined lecturer can do a lot with one hour. So, not waiting to see if any of my second year students wanted a post-lecture discourse with me, I dashed out of […]
A week ago in a news article in Science – and along with my colleagues and collaborators, Julian Stirling and Raphael Levy – I was accused of being a cyber-bully. This, as you might imagine, was not a particularly pleasant accusation to face. Shortly following publication of the piece in Science, one of the most popular and […]
Last Wednesday, a supernova kept me up at night. The supernova itself was over and done with 12 million years ago, when a white dwarf star in M82 nuclear-exploded itself into oblivion, lighting up brighter than its home galaxy, and condemning to extinction any unfortunate life-forms that might have been within a 50 light years […]
Earlier this month NASA announced that the International Space Station (ISS) had been granted a life extension. On track to end operations in 2020, it will now keep humming until 2024. It is, on the whole, good news: we may not realize it but research done on the ISS trickles down to benefit us Earth-bound […]
We all know that the percentage of girls progressing to physics A level and beyond remains stubbornly low. The question is, and has been for many years, why and consequently what can and should be done? The reasons given are myriad and interconnected, some arising in the classroom but many with their roots outside school. […]